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Phelan Segur Yields Above Normal for 2018 as Merlot Maturity Cited

April 6, 2019

Chateau Phelan-Segur, a Saint-Estephe vineyard overlooking the Garonne estuary, achieved yields of as much as 49 hectoliters per hectare for its 2018 vintage, compared with a more normal range of 40 to 45 hectoliters per hectare, according to Serge Godefroix, assistant cellar master.

Chateau Phelan Segur 2018 tasting. Photo: Guy Collins

The vineyard escaped the mildew that reduced yields at many others, helped by the exposed nature of its location. ``We had good weather,'' Godefroix said. ``We came through it well, the 
grapes were small and concentrated.''

He said the ``merlots were like 2016 in maturity'' and that overall the 2018 vintage at the property was comparable to 2005 in style and ``on the taste level, perhaps 2010.' ' Harvesting was from Sept. 9 to Oct. 11 and the blend of the main wine was 57 percent cabernet sauvignon and 43 percent merlot. The total polyphenol index, a measure of tannic strength, was 77, within the norms for Bordeaux vintages, while the pH was 3.8, total acidity 3.1 and alcohol was 14%.

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