In a tweet during the summer, English wine critic Jancis Robinson said that Ch. Phélan Ségur was sold. But since then there has been no confirmation from the owners, the Gardinier family.
Today, the Gardiniers have confirmed that they intend to sell the property: “For greater coherence between our various business activities, we have decided to devote our future investments to fine foods trades (restaurants, distribution, etc) and high-end business. Taillevent Paris, Domaine Les Crayères and Le Comptoir du Caviar will benefit the most from this approach, through plans that have already been defined.”
The new owner of Phélan Ségur is Philippe Van de Vyvere, a Belgian shipping entrepreneur and owner of SeaInvest. He said: “My grandfather, a devoted connoisseur and collector of Bordeaux wines, first introduced me to this world when I was quite young, and I’ve carried on that family tradition ever since. I have several friends who own wineries in the Bordelais, and my dream of one day owning a beautiful property myself came true when I met the Gardinier family.
“I fell in love with the Château Phélan Ségur, that magnificent estate overlooking the Gironde. I spoke many times with the Gardinier brothers, making sure they understood that I was a buyer who would respect the estate’s venerable history and who was determined to carry on the excellent work done thus far. My intention is to ensure that Phélan Ségur remains one of the great wines of the Saint Estèphe AOC.”