The Chateau’s history can be traced back to the arrival of Bernard O’Phelan in Bordeaux. A young, Irish wine merchant, O’Phelan married into the renowned Guestier family and purchased Clos de Garramey and Segur de Cabanac in Saint Estephe to create Chateau Segur de Garramey. O’Phelan also built the Palladian chateau that remains on the estate today. In 1841, the property was passed onto Bernard’s son, Frank, who dedicated his life to developing the family business and improving the quality of their wines. This was in addition to his role as mayor of Saint Estephe, a position which he held for thirty years. The estate became Chateau Phelan Segur at the beginning of the 20th Century. In 1985, Phelan Segur was bought by Xavier Gardiner, the owner of Lanson and Pommery Champagne houses. In August 2017, Chateau Phélan Ségur was sold to a Belgian investor, Philippe Van de Vyvere, for more than 90 million Euros, a record setting price for a Crus Bourgeois.

The estate has 70 hectares of vineyards that are well-sited near the Gironde estuary and bordered by the holdings of Chateau Montrose and Chateau Calon Segur. Here, the soil is made up of a thick layer of gravel, with pebbles and clay sands helping to shape the rolling landscape of Saint Estephe. The grapes, after being manually harvested, are sorted using vibrating tables before moving to an advanced, optical sorting machine that makes the final selections. Vinification is done separately for each parcel, with individual fermentation taking place in 39 tanks. Chateau Phelan Segur’s Grand Vin is aged for around a year in French oak barriques, with never more than 50% new oak used. The blend is typically composed of 50-65% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder made up from Merlot and small proportions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Its classic Saint Estephe characteristics – powerful, purity of fruit, structured and natural freshness – helps give the wine great ageing potential, and develop complex aromas of spices and leather with time.

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