Primeurs 2022

HAPPY END! Winter drought, hail storms in the north of our vineyard, a hot summer … but the wonder of seeing the resilience of our vines! The harvest was historically short and not very generous, but the Merlot grapes were so amazing that they represent, for the first time, the majority of the Château Phélan Ségur blend. A cocktail of ripe but juicy red and black fruits; an intense, rich, powerful mouthfeel and a wave of tannins that coats the immense structure of this wine: a monumental Château Phélan Ségur!

Château Phélan Ségur 2022, a monumental vintage

Happy end! The year was early, the frost spared us, flowering was even. And yet, it only took 15 minutes to wipe out a year’s work on our plots in the north of the appellation. The suddenness and violence of the hailstorm on 20 June were unprecedented.

After the shock, all hands turned to providing the necessary care for the vineyard! Relief! While the summer remained dry and the heat was oppressive, the vineyards supported by the finely tuned work of the winegrowers, bravely withstood this new trial!

Respect and admiration! After a historically short and low-yielding harvest, this extraordinary fruit was vinified with precision and delicacy. The key was to retain the freshness and balance of grapes with unprecedented concentration and structure. The result is enthralling for its richness and power.

Wonder! Finally, 2022 will go down in the history of the estate as being the last vintage for Luc Peyronnet, Vineyard Manager, who served our beautiful vineyard with talent, humility and passion for 30 years. I join the Gardinier family in thanking him for his commitment to his teams and to the estate! Fond regards! 

Philippe Van de Vyvere

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