(From 2009 Vintage) Created in 1986, Frank Phélan, the second wine of the Château, bears the name of the son of Bernard Phélan, founder of the estate. Frank Phélan comes from 15 hectares of old vines and a selection of vines of less than ten years. It respects the classic values of the Château by expressing another facet of its terroir. Frank Phélan associates indulgent fruit, intense and compelling, with an elegant structure of silky tannins. It undergoes 14 months’ ageing. Its roundness and suppleness allow it to be enjoyed from a young age.
Deep ruby/garnet coloured wine with intense developed nose of stalky blackcurrant fruits and mellow cedarwood tones. Dry with firm tannin structure, mellowing well into the fruit, lovely structure and body with lots of fruit support, excellent length and balance. St. Estephe is perhaps the best place among the great Bordeaux communes to search for real bargains. There is more clay in the soil here, so Merlot is more prevalent than elsewhere in the Medoc. The Merlot gives wines that are softer,...