The other night 2 friends and I were out in Frankfurt and after dinner we still craved some red wine. We decided to hit Heimat wine bar where, from my experience, you’ll always find a suitable bottle. After some thinking we picked a 2004 Château Phélan Ségur from St. Estèphe on the left bank of the Gironde since I also was quite curious about that vintage which doesn’t have a particular aura attached to it. What does this mean? Of course: a classic vintage!
And classic it was. But mind you, I don’t mean it in a bad way. More in a sense of very drinkable which isn’t always given for Bordeaux, especially in the recent blockbuster vintages. But on the other hand it also doesn’t mean that it was simple table wine.
Color is blackish, especially when you drink it in the dark ;=) . The nose is retained but lovely of black fruit and with delicate floral elements. It is of medium weight or even a bit lighter than medium weight on the palate. There’s an instant impression of balance and coolness with somehow cool black fruits. Tannins are nearly melted; just some grip in the back palate remains. Finish is rather a bit shorter than medium.
This note doesn’t sound too euphorical I have to admit, but it was just the right wine and, as I said, with a great drinkability while still showing sufficient Bordeaux typicity.