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Chateau Palmer, History, Overview
Most people think the birth of Chateau Palmer starts when the estate’s namesake, Colonel Charles Palmer purchased the vineyard. The property is much older. Originally, the vineyards were part of the much larger estate belonging to the owner of Chateau dIssan. Once the vineyard was separated from dIssan, it was soon known as Chateau de Gascq. The estate took its name from the current owner, the de Gascq family.
In the early 1800’s, the formidable owner, Marie Brunte de Ferriere, better known as Madame de Gascq, was trying to sell the property. When she met Charles Palmer, she told him in no uncertain terms that the wine they produce at Chateau de Gascq is as good as the wine of Chateau Lafite! It was not long after their initial meeting that he purchased the famous Margaux estate and like many Bordeaux chateaux owners of their time, he renamed it after himself, calling it Chateau Palmer.
Charles Palmer started increasing the size of his vineyard. In time, he managed to triple Chateau Palmer to 80 hectares of vines accompanied by an additional 80 hectares of trees and parkland. The vast majority of growth took place between 1816 and 1831. Much of the vines were located in some of the best terroir in the appellation located in the Cantenac, Issan and Margaux communes.
In 1843, Charles Palmer sold Chateau Palmer to the Pereire family. The Pereire family invested a lot of money into improving and modernizing Chateau Palmer. They replanted and restructured the vineyards. One year after the historic 1855 Classification, they constructed the now famous, picturesque chateau with its 4 turret shaped towers and outdoor village.
In 1938, The Pereire family sold Chateau Palmer to a consortium of four families that included some of the wealthiest Bordeaux negociants. The Ginestet family, Miailhe family, Mahler-Besse family and the Sichel family jointly purchased the estate. In time, the Mahler-Besse family and the Sichel family bought out the other two family holdings. The Ginestet family sold their shares of Chateau Palmer in 1950 and again 1982 to Mahler-Besse. The Louis Miailhe family also sold their shares of Chateau Palmer to both the Sichel family and the Mahler-Besse families.
Chateau Palmer The Modern Era
The two majority shareholders of Chateau Palmer today remain the same two families, both of which are well known and respected Bordeaux wine negociants, Mahler Besse and Sichel. In all, there are 22 different share holders of Chateau Palmer. In 2014, nothing changed when another large negociant, BorieManoux, (which is managed by Philippe Casteja) entered the picture with their purchase of the negociant firm, Mahler-Besse.
Stepping back a bit, in the 1950’s, Chateau Palmer was managed by Jean Bouteiller, the son-in-law of Frederick Mahler, the majority shareholder at the time. During his reign, the owners of Chateau Palmer purchased another classified Margaux property, Chateau Desmirail. Interestingly, in 1963, a historically poor vintage, the entire harvest was declassified and was sold under the name of Chateau Desmirail. There was no release of 1963 Chateau Palmer. In 1968, the entire vintage was declassified as well. Having spent forty-two years as the director of Chateau Palmer, Jean Bouteiller retired in 2004.
Jean Bouteiller was replaced by the young, energetic, agronomist and oenologist Thomas Duroux in 2004. This allowed Thomas Duroux to return to Bordeaux after spending time managing estates in Italy. Since the arrival of Thomas Duroux, Chateau Palmer has entered a golden era for the historic Medoc chateau. 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010 are some of the finest wines ever produced at Chateau Palmer as well as being among the best wines in all of Bordeaux in those vintages as well.
Chateau Palmer, like many of the top estates, is always interested in making the improvements needed to produce the best wine possible. This seems like an on going process at the chateau. The vat rooms and chai of Chateau Palmer were entirely refurbished in 1995. Since then, they have added 42 temperature controlled, conical shaped, stainless steel vats that were designed to provide the vinification on a parcel by parcel basis, allowing for much more precision in the wine making. Today, Chateau Palmer has 2 cellars. One cellar is known as the 1st year cellar. In that area, they keep the barrels with the wine from the current vintage. The wine remains in that room for one year, until it’s replaced with wine from the following vintage.
Major renovations took place at Chateau Palmer starting in 2010. The work included a complete modernization of the grape reception area, the vat rooms and barrel cellar. The sorting facilities and bottling were also updated. There is also a new room dedicated for tasting. The entire, picturesque village of Chateau Palmer was also updated. The old pumping system was replaced and now everything is moved by gravity. They also built a small cellar devoted to experimental wine making projects, like producing white wine and even a sweet, white, Vin de Paille. A new barrel cellar was created to allow each vintage to age without being moved. The new cellars are unique as they were designed to appear as though you were standing inside a barrel, with their curved roof design and the use of material that resembles oak, wood staves.
Chateau Palmer and its Alter Ego are the two wines produced by the estate. Chateau Palmer also makes a small amount of white wine that is not available commercially. Alter Ego made its debut with the 1998 vintage. The birth of Alter Ego coincided with the purchase of 8 hectares of vines, which became the heart and soul of Alter Ego. Because Alter Ego comes from different plots than Palmer and is produced with a different blend than the Grand Vin, Chateau Palmer does not view this as a second wine. They produce and market the wine as its own, unique wine. If a reclassification ever took place, it would certainly deserve Fourth Growth Status. Prior to the creation of Alter Ego, Chateau Palmer produced La Reserve du General, which was considered as their second wine.
In 2004, Chateau Palmer released their first vintage of a truly unique new wine to Bordeaux. Previously known as Palmer, “Historical XIX Century Blend,” this newly renamed wine, “Historical XIX Century Wine” was fascinating to smell, taste and dream about. Only 100 cases of this beauty was produced for the initial vintage.
The wine, a blend of 85% Bordeaux from the vineyards of Chateau Palmer and 15% Syrah from the Rhone was produced as an homage to a wine that might have been released in the 19th century. The Bordeaux varietal’s are 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes from Palmer are not young vines. They were chosen because managing director, winemaker Thomas Duroux felt they would blend best with the Syrah. The production of the wine depends on the vintage. It was not produced in 2005 as it would taken too much Syrah to overcome the strong Bordeaux characteristics.
Palmer “Historical XIX Century Wine” has been produced in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2013. However, tastings have shown, subsequent vintages have not been as good as the debut 2004 release. The production of Historical XIX Century Wine has also increased since 2004, its debut vintage.
A few interesting points regarding labeling laws in Bordeaux which relate to this wine. Notice, the wine does not say Bordeaux. The wine needs to be sold a Vin de Table as all the grapes do not come from Bordeaux or Palmer. Also, Palmer and their Chateau logo has been removed from their historic label as all the grapes did not come from their estate. As a Vin de Table, the wine does not carry a vintage date. But, when you look at the bottom of the label, please note the lot #… L 20.04 which corresponds to the vintage date, 2004. The top of the capsule reads XIX. This changed with the release of the 2010 Historical XIX Century blend. From that point forward, the wine will be sold under the Vin de France designation. The lot numbering will remain the same. The wine will be marked L20.10.
Chateau Palmer produces a sensuous wine of beauty. Everything that makes up a great Bordeaux wine is found in Palmer. Complex aromatics filled with spice, truffle, violets, spring flowers, earth and leather scents. Full bodied and rich, this wine personifies elegance in a Bordeaux wine. When mature, the textures experienced in Chateau Palmer are unequaled in other Bordeaux wines. Silk wrapped in velvet, with layers of satin and ripe berries. Located next to Chateau Margaux, Palmer can produce a wine of equal quality in select vintages. And in some years, for example; 1959, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1983, 1989, 2004, 2008 and 2012, Palmer can produce a better wine!
The best vintages of Chateau Palmer are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1989, 1983, 1970, 1966, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1945, 1929, 1928, 1921 and 1900. As you can see, Chateau Palmer is one of the most consistent wineries in all of Bordeaux. The best vintages have the ability to age and evolve for decades and in the best cases, for more than 50 years!
Chateau Palmer Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 66 hectare Bordeaux vineyard Chateau Palmer is located in the Cantenac sector of Margaux. Most of the plots are situated on the plateau of Margaux. The best terroir is on the plateau of Palmer, located just behind the chateau. Those vines were not part of the estate in 1855, which in part, explains why Palmer did not merit a higher level in the Classification. Here you find gravel, sand and clay soils. They also own parcels that are further south, close to Chateau dIssan. There you have more gravel, which explains why much of their Cabernet is planted there. Vines are also planted on the Cantenac plateau, which features more gravel and sand.
As you can see, the terroir of Chateau Palmer is a complex mosaic of terroirs and soils. In all, they total 18 different gravel, clay and sand soil types that can be further subdivided into 106 separate parcels. The blending of those soils and various grape varieties, clones, and rootstocks are what creates the magic of Chateau Palmer. Most chateaux plant Merlot in clay soils. At Chateau Palmer, the Merlot is planted in gravel with clay soils. This is part of the reason for the elegance in the wines of Palmer.
The vineyard of Chateau Palmer is planted to 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot with vines that average 38 years of age. As you can see, the Cabernet Franc has been removed from the vineyards. The amount of Petit Verdot has also been decreased over the years. While 47% Merlot makes the vineyards of Chateau Palmer unique in the Left Bank, at one point, it was even higher, at close to 60%! The large percentage of Merlot was planted after 1945 due to the Miailhe family, who were one of the main owners of the vineyard at the time. It is also interesting to note that previously Cabernet Franc was planted in the vineyards as well, but those vines have been removed. Chateau Palmer has old vines, some of which date back to more than 70 years of age. The vines are planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.
Prior to 2012, there was a small parcel of vines located inside the Chateau Palmer vineyards that belonged to another estate, Chateau Vincent. For decades, since the 1960’s, management of the vineyard and the making of the wine was handled by team of Chateau Palmer. The wine was an even blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The majority of the harvest was placed into the wine of Palmer, while 40% was reserved for Chateau Vincent. That arrangement was terminated in 2012, when the owners of Chateau Palmer purchased the vines and merged them into the Chateau Palmer vineyards.
2013 was the last vintage at Chateau Palmer that was not farmed using only biodynamic farming techniques in their vineyards. The move to Biodynamic farming was done at a fairly fast pace for Bordeaux, as they began experimenting with it starting slowly in 2008, with only 1 hectare of vines. They stepped up the program in 2011, and shifted to 100% biodynamic farming in 2014. They were certified as being 100% biodynamic in 2017.
At Chateau Palmer, they began experimenting in 2013 trying to reduce the amount of sulphites used. To accomplish this, they added yeast to grapes on the sorting table. Part of the organic farming techniques utilize herbal teas in the vineyard to combat mildew, fungus or other diseases. Using Horsetail and Nettles grown on the property, Chateau Palmer produces herbal teas they pour on the vines as a type of fertilizer just before flowering.
For their compost, they combine pruned vine woods, stems and cow manure. The cows live at Chateau Palmer, so they are part of the environment as well. At Chateau Palmer, they are more than just biodynamic, they also embrace modern technology. They were one of the first estates to utilize optical sorting, starting with the 2009 vintage. Before picking, they use infra red cameras to film each parcel, to help determine the precise moment to harvest. This matters because the moment of picking is key in trying to reach phenolic ripeness.
Chateau Palmer Winemaking
To produce the wine of Chateau Palmer, fermentation takes place in 54 temperature controlled, cone-shaped, stainless steel vats. The 54 different vats range in size from 89 hectoliters all the way up to 194 hectoliters. Vinification of Chateau Palmer is done on a parcel by parcel basis and by grape variety. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. Although some of the production from time to time, The wine of Chateau Palmer is aged in an average of 50% to 70% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months.
The vinification of Alter Ego takes place in the same cellars and vats as Chateau Palmer. The same technical team is in charge as well. But Alter Ego uses less new oak during the aging period. On average Alter Ego is aged in 25% to 40% new, French oak barrels for between 16 to 18 months.
Chateau Palmer produces between 8,000 and 10,000 cases of Margaux wine per year. Alter Ego is about 8,000 cases per vintage. Starting with the 2009 Palmer, the estate began using the Prooftag system to guarantee customers the authenticity of their wine.
When to Drink Chateau Palmer, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Palmer is not a wine for drinking young. The wine is too tannic, concentrated and reserved, in its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau palmer is usually better with at least 12-15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Siran offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-45 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Palmer with Wine, Food, Pairings
Chateau Palmer is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Margaux is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Palmer is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Chateau Palmer also produces a small amount of dry, white Bordeaux wine. The production of white Bordeaux wine at the estate might seem like a new experiment. But that is not the case. In the beginning of the 20th century, it was customary at Chateau Palmer to produce a small amount of white wine for the personal use of the owners. That practice was discontinued at some point in the 1930’s. At the start of the 21st century, that tradition was revived. The first vintage for Vin Blanc de Palmer was 2007. The wine is produced from an unusual blend of 50% Muscadelle, 35% Loset and 15% Sauvignon Gris. Production hovers at close to 100 cases. If you think a 100 case production is going to make that wine hard to find, just try and locate one of the rare bottles of experimental, sweet white Bordeaux wines produced by Palmer from 100% Merlot blanc!
Château Palmer Wine Tasting Notes
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A richly-colored, attention-seeker whose nose pops with truffle, tobacco, black cherries, cigar box, plum and cocoa. Silky, velour textures and polished tannins embrace juicy, sweet, fresh, pure plums and a finish that builds as it lingers. This sublime wine was produced from a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. Currently being aged in 65% new, French oak barrels, the wine represents 50% of the harvest, which took place between October 3 and October 18. This is the third vintage that was farmed using 100% biodynamic farming techniques, allowing Palmer to become fully certified
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 3994 Views
Fresh-picked flowers, espresso and hints of dark chocolate-covered black cherries come right out with ease in this elegant, refined wine. Expect bright, sweet fruits with lift, length and soft tannins. Produced from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 12 % Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. The harvest took place October 3 to October 18.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 2096 Views
Rich in color, the attention-seeking nose pops with truffle, tobacco, black cherries, cigar box, plum and cocoa. Silk and velvet textures with polished tannins, juicy, sweet, fresh, pure plums and a finish that builds as it lingers. This sublime wine was produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, reaching 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.85. Currently being aged in 65% new French oak barrels, the wine represents 50% of the harvest, which took place between September 22 and October 7. The second year produced using only 100% biodynamic farming techniques has created one of the great vintages for Palmer of all time! With age, like all the top vintages for the estate, this will prove to be an extraordinary wine! 97 - 98 Pts
Apr 21, 2016points - Tasted 3057 Views
With a nose packed with flowers, dark, red fruits, espresso, thyme and earth, this wine is sensuous, silky, ripe and lush, exuding freshness, polished tannins and a beautiful sense of purity and balance in the fruit. Clearly, this is the best vintage for Alter Ego and one to watch for as Alter Ego is often priced below other wines in the appellation due to its lack of classified growth status. Produced from a blend of 52% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.85. The fruit was picked September 22 through October 7. 93 - 95 Pts
Apr 21, 2016points - Tasted 2383 Views
Espresso bean, truffle, floral, plum and earthy scents pop quickly as your nose meets the glass. A polished and elegant debutante wrapped in a gown of velvety tannins, this wine is fresh, clean and pure leaving you with a sensuous drape of lingering fruits. This wine is the first fully biodynamic vintage for the chateau. Produced from a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, the reached 13.5 alcohol with a pH of 3.6. It represents 55% of the harvest, which took place between September 22 and October 14. 94-95 Pts
Apr 22, 2015points - Tasted 4849 Views
Medium-bodied, elegant, refined and forward, there is fruit with an earthy charm, length and slightly sandy tannins in the finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot.
Mar 21, 2017points - Tasted 1595 Views
A ready nose of fig, blackberry and earthy notes, this wine is medium-bodied, round and fresh on the palate with a gentle, fresh plum, cherry and cocoa finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot. Like Palmer, this is the first vintage of Alter Ego that was produced using 100% Biodynamic farming techniques. 90-92 Pts
Apr 22, 2015points - Tasted 4801 Views
Forest floor aromas are coupled with truffle and black plum in this soft, round wine. Featuring plenty of finesse, the wine ends with polished, fresh black raspberries and a little bit of dust in the finish. This wine is about elegance and purity of fruit. For tasters that feel 2009 and 2010 were too much, this is your year. From 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot, the wine reached 13% alcohol and will be aged in 55% new French oak barrels. With yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare, only 33% of the wine was used for the Grand Vin. 2013 is the last vintage not to be farmed 100% Biodynamically. Starting in 2014, everything will be 100% Biodynamic. According to Thomas Duroux, with 2013, the biodynamic farming helped balance the vintage. Without it, 2013 would have been much more challenging. The property will property will produce a 2013 historical blend. 91-93 Pts
Apr 20, 2014points - Tasted 2752 Views
Showcasing scents of light blackberry, espresso bean and black raspberry, this light, clean wine has medium body and a red berry finish that will drink well on release. This was produced from a blend of 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot. 88-89 Pts
Apr 20, 2014points - Tasted 6091 Views
Silky, sensuous and earthy, the wine is elegant, polished and long, leaving you with sweet, ripe, fresh blackberries and plums that expand and gain in complexity as they sit on your palate.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 5437 Views
From an assemblage of 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. Interestingly, this is the first time Petit Verdot was included in the blend of Palmer and Alter Ego. Chateau Palmer reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. The wine will be aged in 70% new French oak for between 18 and 20 months. Deep in color with scents of licorice, flowers and fresh juicy plums, the wine is silky, round and soft with a fresh black raspberry and herbal finish. This is truly successful for the vintage. 94-97 Pts
Apr 25, 2013points - Tasted 6048 Views
Floral, earth and boysenberry aromas, with a forward, lush, open personality, ending with sweet, soft, dark, fresh red berries.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 2473 Views
51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot, which reached 13.4% alcohol. The wine will be aged in 30% new French oak for between 16 and 18 months. With a ruby color, flowers, cherry blossoms, earth, fennel and spice notes lead to a sweet, cherry filled-wine with dusty tannins, supple textures and a fresh, spicy cassis finish. 90-92 Pts
Apr 25, 2013points - Tasted 4382 Views
Cedar chest, forest floor, blackberry, oak and wet earth aromas create the perfume. But the show really gets going on the palate with its sweet, soft, round, fresh black raspberries, cherries and hint of fennel that lingers and expands in the silky finish. Knowing the wine of chateau Palmer, I expect this to keep improving in the bottle. This is a contender for the wine of the vintage in 2011.
May 21, 2014points - Tasted 3184 Views
From an assemblage of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. Flowers, boysenberry, truffle and earthy scents are found in the perfume. Soft, supple and bright, the wine ends with fresh, sweet, crisp cassis and black raspberry. 93-94 Pts
Apr 19, 2012points - Tasted 4146 Views
Chalky, black raspberry and fresh herbal aromas , medium bodied, inviting silky textures and a tannic, black cherry, olive tapenade finish that will be better with a few years of age.
May 21, 2014points - Tasted 3357 Views
Blending 48% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and for only the second time, 15% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with mocha, cocoa, truffle and cassis. In the mouth, the wine offers chocolate, cherry and dusty tannins. 89-90 Pts
Apr 19, 2012points - Tasted 6042 Views
Compelling aromatics set off by flowers, blackberries, truffle and black licorice. In the mouth, the texture is pure silk and velvet. The wine is refined, polished, soft, fresh and elegant, with a long, sweet, fresh, rich, sensuous finish that remains on your palate for close to 40 seconds. The wine was made from a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol.
May 8, 2013points - Tasted 11289 Views
An intoxicating perfume kicks this off with scents of flowers, gun powder, mocha, blackberry flowers, caramel, licorice, plums, caramel and truffle aromas. The velvety textures, rich, chocolate, blackberry, plum and black cherry flavors are expansive. The long, pure, sensuous finish remains in your mouth for over 40 seconds.
Jul 20, 2012points - Tasted 5945 Views
Palmer From an assemblage of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol. The beautiful, deep, purple color is almost opaque. Floral aromas are complicated with cassis, coffee, smoke, truffle, earth and boysenberry scents which jump from the glass. With intense purity, tannins that feel like hand polished silk and a beautiful, pure, long, harmonious rich finish, there is not a hard edge to be found. This opulent wine is a treat for the senses. 96-98 Pts
Apr 22, 2011points - Tasted 5163 Views
With an attention seeking floral, black raspberry, cocoa powder, licorice and spice box perfume, the wine feels great on your palate with its silky tannins. Filled with fresh plums, licorice and elegant textures, this is the finest vintage of Alter Ego I have tasted yet. Aside from the 1999, 2010 Alter Ego is better than any vintage of Palmer produced by the estate during the 90’s. 92-93 Pts
Jul 20, 2011points - Tasted 6498 Views
Alter Ego 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot produce a blend that offers blackberry, floral, cassis and bitter chocolate aromas. Powerful for Alter Ego, the wine ends with a smooth, fresh, refined finish. While the wine reached 14.4, there is no sensation of heat. 91-93 Pts
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 6086 Views
Inky in color, the wine explodes with fresh roasted espresso, floral, tobacco, black cherry, caramel, truffle and blackberry jam. In the mouth, the wine is pure silk, velvet and richness. Opulent in texture, this dense, sensuous, sexy wine finishes with intense, fresh, complex layers of blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, jam, spice, chocolate and truffle. This is a decadent style of Chateau Palmer.
May 7, 2012points - Tasted 4944 Views
2009 Palmer is dark colored. Liqueur of dark berries, wood, Asian spice, cassis, and floral scents comprise the perfume. Opulent, polished, and elegant, this rich, concentrated wine is pure silk and velvet. The wine finishes with smooth notes of black raspberries. 95/97 Pts
Aug 26, 2010points - Tasted 6057 Views
Deep ruby in color, espresso bean, caramel, earth, smoke. Boysenberry, floral and black cherry aromas lead to a full bodied, rich, round, plush Margaux. In the mouth, the wine offers freshness and purity of flavor. The plush, concentrated, supple style of Palmer finishes with dark chocolate covered black cherry.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 4920 Views
2008 Palmer begins with a perfume filled with blackberry liqueur, vanilla, spice oak, floral and truffle scents. Rich concentrated and filled with layers of ripe, opulent fruit, this elixir ends with an intense, refined, sensuous finish. This is a serious wine and for Palmer, it remains well priced. 96 Pts
Jul 20, 2010points - Tasted 7604 Views
2008 Château Palmer has an amazingly deep color. The complex nose shows cassis, oak, spice, flowers and some fresh, lightly jammy fruit. The wine is nicely concentrated with a serious depth of flavors. The tannins are long and silky. Opulent waves of dense boysenberry and blackberry endlessly caress your palate. This is a Palmer of freshness, balance, purity, and opulence. 95-98 Pts
Aug 31, 2009points - Tasted 7738 Views
2008 Alter Ego is not considered a second wine by Chateau Palmer. The blend differs from Palmer and the fruit comes from different terroir. This difference produces a perfume of black cherry with hints of coffee, earth and spice. Elegant in style, with soft textures and a medium to full bodied texture, this wine should deliver pleasure early. 91 Pts
Jul 20, 2010points - Tasted 6096 Views
08 Palmer Alter Ego has an attractive, ruby colored hue. Red and black fruits along with some tell tale floral aromas of Margaux are in the perfume. This medium bodied wine finishes with raspberry and black cherry notes. 90-92 Pts
Aug 31, 2009points - Tasted 5934 Views
Medium bodied, silky, smooth and fresh, the wine relies on elegance, refinement and charm. Probably fully mature, while maligned in its youth in the market place, it is drinking in the sweet spot today.
May 4, 2016points - Tasted 3142 Views
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 4756 Views
A few hours in the decanter added a lot to the wine, softening the tannins, adding body and roundness to the textures. The fruit is refined, the nose is complex and there is good length. This is starting to open, but it's still young. Give it several more years and this should be quite charming.
Mar 21, 2017points - Tasted 3372 Views
Showing some maturity in the color, the wine pops with cigar box, mocha, plum, flowers and spice box notes. On the palate, the wine offers silky tannins, fresh, dark red fruits, spice and a real sweetness in the fruits in the end note. This is quite charming now, and while it avoids much of hard tannins found in many of the wines from the Medoc, the wine is only now starting to become civilized. Give it another 5-10 years which will help it will really blossom and expand.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 4534 Views
Effort is needed at this stage of development to find the smoky, tobacco, forest floor, blackberry, coffee, cassis and truffle scents. This masculine, firmc style of Palmer needs time to soften and come together. The fresh, tannic, black cherry filled finish is clean and pure, but it’s not much fun to drink today. I’d hold this for at least a decade, or longer based on how good the 1966 and 1970 Palmer are drinking today.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 4003 Views
From a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot, this beautiful Margaux wine is filled with floral, smoke, caramel, blackberry, earth, truffle, tobacco and plum aromatics. Suave, sophisticated and supple, this very young wine needs at least another decade before it begins to display the full range of its true, rich, opulent, fresh, pure character.
Sep 27, 2011points - Tasted 5727 Views
Fully developed, medium bodied wine that straddles the fence between refined and structured, with a fresh, bright, cherry, earthy, tobacco note that carries through from start to finish.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 3715 Views
Fresh, bright, energetic and ready for prime time drinking, this medium bodied, soft, polished, spicy, tobacco and cherry driven wine is fresh, clean and open.
May 28, 2014points - Tasted 4132 Views
Tobacco, truffle, earth and black cherry scents open to a supple, soft textured, refined Margaux wine that is drinking perfectly today. It will improve a bit over the next few years, but if you want to start opening it now, you’ll be happy you did.
May 7, 2012points - Tasted 6280 Views
The wine pops with an attention seeking nose of truffle, cigar box, licorice, wet earth that are the first thing you notice. I took my first taste and right off the bat, there was no way I was spitting this beauty. I really cannot say if it was the pure silk and velvet, texture, or the wealth of perfectly ripe, sweet fruits that won me over. Frankly, it was so good, I did not care. All I wanted was more wine in my glass. I reached for the bottle and poured it too! The wine was made from a blend of October % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 22 to October 7.
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 6171 Views
Deep ruby in color, tobacco, earth, truffle, blackberry, mineral, violet, black cherry and an assortment of forest scents greet your nose, which responds with wanting to know more about the 2005 Palmer. Your palate agrees to dig in finding layers of plush, opulent, decadent textures in the :50 second finish. There is an intensity of flavor and purity of fruit that coupled with the sensuous textures, leaves you happy you own this wine, or with the desire to purchase it. With these silk and velvet tannins, you can drink it young. But wait a decade you’ll be rewarded with a great tasting experience.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 8005 Views
This is a concentrated, complex and very polished wine. The tannins are long and fine. The finish tastes like chocolate coated black fruit with complex licorice accents. This will develop very well. This is an outstanding wine with fabulous Palmer character.
Jun 25, 2007points - Tasted 11914 Views
Fully in its prime, with silky soft, elegant textures, floral and cherry notes and a medium bodied, refined palate feel. 91 Pts
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 3203 Views
Spicy black and red plums, licorice, earth, tobacco and truffle scents pair well with the medium bodied, refined, soft, elegant silky textures. This is a Margaux wine of finesse, ending with sweet, ripe, red and black, spicy fruits. This is drinking well today and should remain at this level and improve over the next decade.
Oct 7, 2011points - Tasted 6007 Views
Floral, sweet cherries, truffle, cocoa, licorice and black raspberries open the complex aromatics. Pure silk and velvet in textures, this wine serves up a soft, sexy delicious, spicy dark red berries, plums and tapenade. Drink now, or age it for more complexity. This is one of the top wines of the vintage and marks the debut of Thomas Duroux at the estate.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 3311 Views
The debut vintage of Palmer for Thomas Duroux is filled with earth, forest floor, blackberry, truffle, tobacco, floral and spice aromas. Full bodied and displaying luscious, ripe, sweet, spicy black cherry flavors, this is supple, round and velvety in texture. You can drink this now, or wait a decade, when it will be more complex.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 4047 Views
2004 Palmer will drink well young for Chateau Palmer. This is good for consumers not willing to wait as Palmer usually takes at least 10-20 years before it matures. Filled with cassis, blackberry, spice, earth and floral aromas, this full bodied, silky wine is elegant and rich. The long pure, fresh finish feels like velvet in your mouth. This was a bottle popped and poured. A few more years will make this wine even better, This is the Palmer to buy in today's marketplace for price and quality.
Oct 17, 2010points - Tasted 10571 Views
The first vintage for Thomas Duroux is big, rich and concentrated as was well as opulent. Tannic, but the tannins are elegant and ripe. Filled with ripe dark fruit, smoke, caramel, licorice and truffle, I'd start opening this velvety textured wine in 2015 and enjoy for at least 20 more years after that.
Jul 1, 2008points - Tasted 6722 Views
Likable, easy to drink, delicate and mature, with soft red fruits, earth, tobacco and cedar, there is no reason to age this any longer.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 3108 Views
With an advanced color for its age, the wine displays cooked berries, earth and spice flavors in the aromas. The wine is medium bodied ending with a light, sweet and tart, earthy, cherry finish. This requires consumption.
Feb 18, 2015points - Tasted 4105 Views
Light in color, there is discernible lightening at the edges. While there is a sensation of elegance, this light style of Palmer feels dry in the mouth. Drink up sooner than later as this will not improve.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 2579 Views
Very light ruby in color, with a nose that is already expressing secondary aromas of tobacco, herbs, black cherries and leaf scents. Medium bodied and soft in texture, the wine ends with a kirsch and earth finish. This is not over ripe. But it is simple and will not not age well. I'd drink this over the next 5-10 years.
Oct 8, 2011points - Tasted 3858 Views
Tobacco, forest floor, leaf and smoke create the perfume. Medium bodied with some dryness in the mouth, there is a minor sensation of green flavors, interspersed with the elegant, soft, red berry finish.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 3727 Views
With an assemblage of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with a complex nose filled with truffle, oak, fresh blackberry, red and black plums and earthy aromas. Silky and round in texture, the finish is slightly marred by a hint of gritty tannins and olives on the end note. The wine needs more time to develop. Give it 5-8 years to let it develop and come together.
Dec 31, 2011points - Tasted 6424 Views
Light in color, and rapidly approaching maturity, this medium bodied, elegant, soft Palmer is filled with bright, fresh cherries, earth and spice. This is not a wine to age for a long time. I’d drink this over the next decade.
Mar 27, 2014points - Tasted 3357 Views
Intensely floral in the perfume, followed by plum, cocoa, cassis, tobacco and earth. Soft, polished, medium bodied and silky, the wine is showing great today. If you own a bottle, pop a cork!
Feb 21, 2013points - Tasted 3609 Views
What a beauty from start to finish. Sexy, silky tannins, elegantly styled, with ripe, fresh, fruits, length, complexity and depth. A treat to drink at 17, and with age, it's going to get even better!
May 24, 2017points - Tasted 5221 Views
Ruby in color, truffle, Asian spice, cedar wood, forest floor, tobacco and mineral scents open to a lush, sensuous, plush wine. Rich in texture, concentrated with flavor, this is all about purity, silk and velvet sensations and a long, opulent, plush finish. The wine was made from an unusual blend for Palmer using 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot. The harvest took place from September 21 to October 7.
Jan 27, 2015points - Tasted 5426 Views
Tobacco, truffle, fresh picked blackberries, flowers and cedar chest aromas created the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is filled with soft, sensuous, ripe, sweet berries. The wine is long, fresh, vibrant and youthful. Due to its opulent style, if you like your wines young, pop a cork. If you prefer more earthy, secondary notes with most or all of the tannins resolved, wait another decade. This bottle was not decanted. I imagine it would have shown better with some air before serving.
Feb 21, 2013points - Tasted 5702 Views
With a head turning perfume filled with fresh picked flowers, licorice, smoke, blackberry liqueur, tobacco, slate and cocoa, this powerful vintage for Palmer offers a lush, tannic, rich wine. Opulent in texture, the wine ends with layers of sweet, ripe, spicy, velvet drenched dark berries. 5-10 more years is going add a lot of complexity to this already beautiful wine.
Sep 2, 2011points - Tasted 9279 Views
This begins with an intense display of black fruit and black raspberry scents along with truffles, flowers, earth and a hint of citrus oil. The wine has great freshness and depth along with an intensity of flavor that keeps you interested.
Mar 5, 2010points - Tasted 10708 Views
The color looks a bit advanced for its age, but that's the vintage. The nose is a treat, with its light dose of truffle, flowers, cherry pipe tobacco, incense, thyme and plum scents. Pure silk and velvet on the palate. The fruit displays a purity of sweet cherries. The medium bodied wine is fully mature and the fruit has just started to lighten. So, if you have this gem in your cellar, pop a cork, as it is not getting better with more age. This bottle was decanted about 45 minutes. Less air would probably be a bit better. The wine was made from blending 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.
Jun 3, 2017points - Tasted 4330 Views
The first thing you notice is the purity of the blackberry liqueur, followed by truffle, cedar, tobacco, thyme and plum aromatics. While that gets your motor running, the sexy, silky, voluptuous textures and decadent profile make their debut, finishing with plush, sensuous, dark fruits. What a beauty! In contention for wine of the vintage, this is really drinking well today with 20/30 minutes of air.
Jun 16, 2016points - Tasted 5705 Views
This is really showing great today. The earthy, floral, blackberry nose continues until you're ready for the polished, silky, elegant, fresh, sensuous wave of fruit that hits your palate. Satisfying and complete. There are few if any older vintages of Palmer that are this good, close to mature, and for Palmer, sell for this little money in the marketplace today.
Dec 3, 2015points - Tasted 4961 Views
This beauty keeps getting better and better. With an hour of air, the nose popped, the wine softened and the elegance expected started to shine, leaving you with truffles, blackberries, tobacco and floral scents and a smooth, silky, fresh, sweet black cherry core of fruit. Perhaps my memory is fading, but this seems to be showing even younger than the past time I tasted it!
Feb 15, 2015points - Tasted 4169 Views
Roasted berries, forest floor, earth, truffle, blackberry and cherry pie scents get you excited about the wine. In the mouth, this is pure elegance, opulent textures and fresh, ripe black cherries. This is drinking great today and with time, it will get better. But there is no reason to wait to enjoy this beautiful expression of Palmer. This is one of the top wines of the vintage and sells for a very fair price, for a top vintage of Chateau Palmer.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 7032 Views
Tobacco, coffee, caramel, black raspberry, floral, lead pencil and cherry blossoms create the perfume. Silky, soft, refined and elegant in personality, this medium bodied vintage of Palmer is ready to drink. There is a lot of purity in the fruit, coupled with freshness, but it lacks the density of a great vintage. I'm not sure this will make old bones. I'd drink this over the next decade, or a little bit longer.
Jun 28, 2012points - Tasted 7405 Views
Blackberries, boysenberries, coffee and cassis are only a harbinger of things to come. Very classy, stylish, sophisticated and elegant. Great concentration and balance. Still young. 99 will drink well early, but this is not close to maturity
Jul 1, 2006points - Tasted 3846 Views
On the firm, masculine side of the style range for Chateau Palmer, the wine offers a spicy, earthy, red and dark berry nose, the wine is medium bodied, finishing with spicy cherries and cassis. Give it a few more years to soften and develop.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 3343 Views
With its earthy, spicy, tobacco, cherry and truffle nose, this is close to mature. Medium bodied, with a slight, tannic edge, the wine finishes with a melange of spicy red fruits and fresh herbs. The wine was made from a bend of blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 23 to October 6.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 4042 Views
Light in color, this wine is already fully mature. Medium to light bodied, with tobacco, cedar wood, cigar box, cassis and forest floor notes, there is a hint of greenness in the soft, red berry finish. Drink up.
May 7, 2012points - Tasted 4893 Views
In the nose, red fruits, earth, incense, truffle and spice. Soft in texture, the wine finishes with a fresh, cassis, kirsch and spice laden perfume. This lighter style of Palmer offers elegance along with charm, but lacks the depth and concentration found in the top vintages of this often stunning Margaux wine. While there is no hurry to drink it, I doubt it will improve.
Nov 21, 2011points - Tasted 6874 Views
Light ruby in color, this elegantly styled wine offers floral scents that were complicated by tobacco, sweet cherries, citrus and smoke. Soft and round, this fully mature ends with kirsch and cassis flavors. The wine was made from a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 18 to October 6.
Jun 28, 2013points - Tasted 10665 Views
This elegant, charming beauty is loaded with floral, cherry blossom, earth and tobacco notes. Silky, soft, sweet and fresh, pop a cork, or age it another 5 years. Either way, this is a really fine Margaux. The wine was made from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 6 to September 23, making this the earliest harvest in the history in the estate.
Feb 5, 2017points - Tasted 3705 Views
90 minutes of air added just the right amount of softness, silk and roundness to this beauty. Full bodied, concentrated, lush and packed with notes of violets, black cherries, wet earth and cigar box aromatics, the sweet fruit and the velvety textures bring everything together.
Feb 6, 2016points - Tasted 3416 Views
What a beauty. This is what Bordeaux is all about. It's soft, silky and refined, yet, there is a wealth of ripe, pure fruit and a complex set of aromas. Popped and poured, this seems to say it's close to maturity, and while it could improve, it's drinking well today.
Sep 13, 2015points - Tasted 3416 Views
What a beauty! With a complex floral and tobacco driven nose, the wine is pure silk on your palate. Still young, this is only going to get better.
May 7, 2014points - Tasted 3677 Views
One of the stars of the vintage, this has everything going for it. The delicate, floral nose complicated by tobacco, licorice, cherries and plum is a treat. Silky, sensuous and sexy, the plush, ripe finish keeps on going. Drink now, or wait, because it’s only going to get better.
Mar 30, 2013points - Tasted 4143 Views
Tobacco, truffle, floral, blackberry, forest floor and spice notes open to a silk and velvet textured wine. Sensuous, harmonious and polished, this delicious vintage of Palmer is showing great today, and it's only going to get better over the next several years.
Dec 4, 2012points - Tasted 5593 Views
Violets, licorice, spice, creme de cassis, tobacco, earth, boysenberry, truffle and fresh blackberries with hints of cocoa make up the complex perfume of this beautiful Margaux wine. Full bodied and concentrated with layers of sweet, ripe, spicy, dark berries, the wine feels like pure, polished silk and velvet as it caresses your palate. This special vintage of Chateau Palmer has improved and fleshed out over the past year or two and might give the stunning 1983 Palmer a run for the money. Close to mature, this should continue to evolve and offer pleasure for at least another 20-25 or 30 years if well stored.
Oct 3, 2011points - Tasted 8446 Views
A seductive nose of flowers, creme de cassis, plums, spice, truffle and tobacco perks up your senses. On the palate, this sensuous, opulent, richly textured Bordeaux wine feels like pure silk. With a long, deep, ripe, spicy, dark finish, this lush Margaux wine remains on your palate for over 40 seconds. With prices for current vintages at such high levels, Bordeaux lovers seeking stunning examples of Palmer should seek out 1983 and 1989, if they can be fond with solid provenance.
Jul 17, 2011points - Tasted 8543 Views
This explodes from the glass with aromatics of violets, berries, cassis, tobacco, spice, and truffle. This full bodied wine is pure silk and velvet on your palate. With great concentration of fruit and flavors and an exotic mouth feel, this wine is still youthful. It will continue improving for at least another 2 decades. The wine ends with a blast of ripe boysenberry, mocha, and plum sensations in a sensuous style.
Jun 15, 2010points - Tasted 3249 Views
Still young, with years of positive evolution ahead of it, this powerful, elegant, rich, ripe, floral, spice and cassis filled Bordeaux flows over your palate in waves of opulent, plush, elegant, ripe fruit. The perfume is so enticing, they should bottle it.
Mar 22, 2009points - Tasted 3407 Views
This plush, sexy wine competes with many of the top Pomerols from the vintage. Layers and layers of ripe, decadent fruit pour over your palate. Deep, lush, lon g, complex and serious. Better than Margaux in this hot, early picked vintage.
Feb 27, 2008points - Tasted 3231 Views
This opulent, rich, deeply concentrated, sensuous wine will develop into a legendary Palmer. Black fruits, coffee, earth and flowers tease and please your senses. The palate presence is perfectly balanced silk.
Jul 1, 2006points - Tasted 3188 Views
The nose had elements of wet forest, black fruits, earth, cedar and a liberal dose of spices. Very tannic, full bodied wine. Beautiful silky texture but it was showing slightly more tannin than I expected at this stage.
May 12, 2004points - Tasted 3215 Views
A severe style of Palmer, with a strict, lean, personality, a bit too much acidity, and greeness in the finish. The wine was much better on the nose than on the palate.
May 24, 2017points - Tasted 2650 Views
Better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, cigar box, cedar and cherry character, than on the palate, which like many wines from this vintage is on the strict side. This is a wine for consumers that prefer their Bordeaux on the classic side of the style range. The wine was made from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from October 2 to October 16.
May 6, 2016points - Tasted 3458 Views
Light in color, the perfume offered tobacco, truffle, forest, cherry, smoke and cigar box scents. Soft and seductive, this fully mature, soft, medium bodied, refined, charming vintage of Palmer will not improve from here. The wine was made from a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 30 to October 13.
Mar 27, 2012points - Tasted 4081 Views
Picture your glass packed with incense, flowers, tobacco and sweet cherries about to be swirled and you get the idea on the aromatics. Silky soft, polished tannins and earthy sweet, ripe, dark red fruits round out the experience. A splash decanting was all this beauty needed to get going.
Nov 8, 2017points - Tasted 728 Views
This is a stunning tasting experience that brings together concentration, complexity, sensuous, silky textures, complex aromatics and the ability to continue to age and improve for at least 2 more decades, if well stored. It's the wine of the vintage. An hour in the decanter really helps the experience.
Apr 2, 2016points - Tasted 4382 Views
What a beauty. Grab a handful of silk, a portion of velvet, mix it with perfectly ripe plums, cherries, cassis and blackberry, toss in some truffle, tobacco and smoky cocoa, blend it all together and viola, you have an idea about 1983 Palmer. The wine was made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 28 to October 13.
May 12, 2015points - Tasted 4246 Views
Pure silk and velvet in texture, there are no hard edges, rough patches or missing links, this is intense pleasure from start to finish. Drinking great today, it's only going to get better and better!
Jul 14, 2014points - Tasted 4994 Views
Talk about all the right stuff, the wine is pure silk and velvet with an intoxicating perfume of caramel, spearmint, ripe blackberries, flowers, truffle and cigar box. The opulent textures make up reach for the bottle to refill your glass. But don't rush it, as it gets better in the glass. While this is pricey, for a mature Bordeaux, it's one of the top choices for quality and price. If you want to know why people go crazy for older Bordeaux, or you already know and just want a special bottle, this is one of the top wines in the market today.
Aug 15, 2013points - Tasted 4442 Views
It's always disappointing when a wine you know normally offers thrills and chills takes a turn in the wrong direction. Keep in mind, every bottle is different, especially when a wine is in its 3rd decade of life. This particular bottle smelt and tasted unclean. There were marked dirty scents along with the tobacco, earth and blackberry notes. The wine did not show its normally, opulent nature and instead tasted far too earthy. My guess is, this bottle was not stored correctly at some point in its life, and while a nice Bordeaux, it was not a great tasting experience. However, do not let this note dissuade you from this wine, which is normally a stellar vintage of Palmer.
Aug 28, 2012points - Tasted 5281 Views
Violets, cassis, truffle, earth, spice and Cuban cigar aromas fill your glass. Pure silk and velvet in the mouth, this sensuous, seductive wine is what great Bordeaux is all about. The wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with layers of deep, suave, elegant, pure sensations of plums, cassis and blackberry. This is drinking great today and time will continue being good to this special Margaux as well. It should continue getting better for decades.
May 15, 2011points - Tasted 8100 Views
This still looks young! Cassis, dark berries, flowers, coffee and five spice aromas put the spring in the aromatics step. Full bodied and packed with layers of silky, elegant, ripe fruit. The tannins are ripe and round. The long finish fills your mouth with purity, intensity of flavor, velvet laced textures, freshness and balance. This stunning Bordeaux wine ends with a long, ripe, plush, fresh blackberry filled finish. This special wine keeps getting better every time I taste it. Still young, this will age and improve for decades.
Jun 13, 2010points - Tasted 9495 Views
Aromatics filled with deep black cherry and black raspberry fruits, orange rind, flowers, spice and cassis introduced you to the wine. The wine flows like pure velvet. This is deep and concentrated, as well as elegant , round and refined. Few wines express elegance married to power as well as the 83 Palmer.
Nov 15, 2009points - Tasted 5870 Views
Truffle's, smoke, olives, pipe tobacco, earth and flowers are what the taster first notices. Very long and intense. This full bodied, concentrated, elegant, polished wine finishes with soft, chocolate covered, blackberries.
Jun 30, 2009points - Tasted 4865 Views
If I could use only one descriptor, "stunning" expresses how great this wine is. The perfume shoots from the glass like a bullet from a gun. Flowers, cassis, earth, truffles fresh black fruit with spices are only the introduction to this wines ample charms. In the mouth, pure silk, satin, velvet and enough verve to give it lift. The long, fruit filled seamless finish is pure pleasure for the senses. Still young at close at over 25 years of age, this sublime wine will improve and offer amazing pleasure for decades. Keep in mind, this bottle was popped and poured from the cellar. With some air, this
Dec 10, 2008points - Tasted 3726 Views
This cassis, earth and floral scented wine is a wonderful example of Margaux and mature Bordeaux. Very elegant in the mouth. This is at a great place, and it's only going to improve from here. It's odd that a wine this good with 25 years of age sells for about the same price as the 05! Markets move in mysterious ways
Jul 1, 2008points - Tasted 3064 Views
A flashy array of black fruit, wet earth, coffee and a variety of spices explodes from the glass. Elegant, very sophisticated and sexy style of wine. Extremely concentrated with ripe fruit and a boatload of glycerin. As good as it was, it will still improve!
Feb 17, 2007points - Tasted 3377 Views
The wine's aromatics explode from the glass. Black fruits, cassis, spices, cedar wood, floral and earth were in full force. Over the last few years, this has put on weight and rounded out. The multiple layers of perfectly silky fruit that cascade over your palate in wave after wave of plush textures is what great Bordeaux is all about.
Jan 15, 2006points - Tasted 3186 Views
Ruby with some bricking. Notes of cedar, black cherry, cassis, earth, spice, cinnamon and cloves. Full bodied with some tannin to resolve. On the palate a rich display of plums and black fruit. The texture is pure silk. The 83 Palmer is one of the most elegant wines I've tasted in ages.
May 12, 2005points - Tasted 3089 Views
Sweet black fruit, tobacco & cedar notes filled the air. Full bodied, elegant and graceful. Cherries and assorted red and black fruits caressed your palate. Rich, soft, silky and sexy is a great description for this stunning wine.
Jan 12, 2004points - Tasted 3342 Views
Rustic in style for this normally elegant wine. The color shows lightening at the rim. The wine light and simple for Palmer. The slightly rustic finish showed some green notes along with black fruit. The wine was made from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 15 to October 5.
Jul 1, 2010points - Tasted 2056 Views
1979 Palmer opens with cassis, earth, tobacco and espresso notes. Medium to full bodied with a short cassis and cranberry finish, this wine needs to drunk up.
Sep 14, 2010points - Tasted 5667 Views
Past full maturity, this delivers more pleasure in the earthy, floral, tobacco and red fruit nose, than on the medium bodied, herb tinged, bright, red fruit palate. There is no reason to age this any longer, drink up, before more of the fruit fades into that good night.
Nov 17, 2017points - Tasted 17 Views
Very over ripe, figgy nose, with wet earth and jam. From there, you found secondary notes of tobacco and mushroom. Soft in texture, the ripe, finish was odd, meaning that it was not bad or good, but the intense over ripe character of the fruit, and low acidity was more interesting than pleasureable. Served blind, I never cam close to guessing it.
Apr 13, 2017points - Tasted 1658 Views
Very light color with tea tints. Fully mature with spicy, tobacco, earth and cassis aromatics, the wine ends with a moderate finish. Drink up.
Jun 20, 2009points - Tasted 4763 Views
A beautiful blend of freshly picked flowers and tobacco kick things off. Medium/full bodied, with a sublime, elegant and refined character. The wine feels light on its feet, but don't let that fool you. The finish is long, fresh and packed with sweet, ripe, red fruits that offer a fabulous sense of purity and grace. Fully mature, there is no reason to consider further aging, but I suspect, this will age continue to perform at this high-level for at least another 10-15 years or so, if well stored.
Oct 5, 2017points - Tasted 1742 Views
While the perfume moves from roses to violets, the cigar box, earth and sweet cassis aromas remain constant. Elegant in style, the sweet, fresh cherry and tobacco on the palate is silky and refined. This is fully mature and unless your bottle is a large format or amazingly well stored, there is no reason not to be opening your bottles. This was popped and poured and barley improved in the glass, so I would not decant this wine if you're planning on popping a cork. The wine was made from a blend of 44% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 26, finishing October 16.
Dec 19, 2015points - Tasted 3263 Views
Fully mature, this is not a wine to hold for more development. What you get is a sensuous, silky, velvet textured, sweet, fresh, vibrant wine with sensations of sweet, ripe cherries, plum, tobacco, truffle, forest floor and wet earth. If you want to get an idea on where your 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 will be with 40 years of age, the 1970 Palmer provides a perfect indicator.
Oct 30, 2014points - Tasted 3370 Views
This fully mature Margaux offers an expressive nose of forest floor, earth, cinnamon, tobacco, cassis, stone and cedar wood aromas. With the texture of silk, wrapped in velvet, this elegant Chateau Palmer ends with a refined, plush, earthy, cassis and spice finish. This is fully mature. If well stored, there is no hurry to drink it. But it is probably not going to improve.
Jun 2, 2013points - Tasted 6175 Views
With older wines, it's always a gamble. Fortunately, this bet paid off in spades! With a perfume that deserves to be bottled and sold, due to its floral, truffle, tobacco, cassis, earth, cigar box, cherry and spice scented nose, the wine really took off on the palate. Sensuous, soft, sexy, silky textures and a beautiful, ripe, sweet, tobacco and cherry finish made this a stellar tasting experience. Splash decanted moments before serving, the wine remained at the same high level for 2 hours. It might have stayed in the sweet spot longer, but that was about as much savoring as we were able to do, with a wine that delicious.
Nov 8, 2012points - Tasted 3476 Views
1970 Palmer opened with smoke, truffle, earth, leather, blackberry and cassis aromatics. This bottle offered textures on the lean side. The wine finished with spicy cassis and strawberry flavors. I've tasted better, fresher examples of this wine. It reminded me of what the 95 will probably taste like at full maturity.
Aug 31, 2010points - Tasted 6740 Views
With tobacco, truffle, cassis, spice, blackberry and floral aromatics, this concentrated wine filled your mouth with elegant, dark berries, cherry and coco. Fleshy, rich and round, this mature wine is still young and will only get better from here.
Apr 2, 2009points - Tasted 3130 Views
This example lacked the elegance and complexity found in the best bottles. Ruby with bricking and offering more of a bright fruit profile than is usually found in 70 Palmer, this bottle was not a perfect example
Jul 1, 2008points - Tasted 1830 Views
Fully mature, the wine is medium bodied, silky, soft and elegant with a tobacco, earth, floral and sweet, cherry character. Feminine, but with length and freshness, there is no reason to age this any longer.
Jul 24, 2016points - Tasted 2121 Views
Thanks to the Durand, the cork came out in one piece. The fragrant nose, with its floral and cherry tobacco essence was a treat. The silky, soft, sweet fruits that caressed your palate made it even better. This bottle was in perfect condition as it was obtained from the original owner that purchased it on release! This is clearly at its peak and does not warrant further cellaring. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place between September 24 and October 7.
Dec 28, 2015points - Tasted 2868 Views
What a beauty! This is what mature Bordeaux is all about. The tannins are silky, the cherry dominated fruits are fresh, refined and powerful and the complex tobacco, floral, truffle, red berry, earth and spice perfume stays in the glass long after the wine is gone. Fully mature, there is no reason not to pop a cork now, if you're lucky enough to own a bottle or two.
Aug 18, 2014points - Tasted 2482 Views
Better than the last bottle, once again showing provenance really matters. Soft and silky in texture, the wine serves up an earthy, spicy, truffle and cherry aromatic personality. There is no reason to hold this any longer. It's probably on the edge of slowly starting to decline.
Aug 4, 2014points - Tasted 2049 Views
Wines like people, as they get close to 50 years of age, they are going to have good days and bad days, with some days turning out much better than others. I've tasted fresher examples of 1966 Palmer before. This was a good, but not perfect example of the bottle. Better on the nose than the palate with its tobacco, truffle, cigar box, cedar chest, cherry and earthy perfume. Very silky and polished in texture, but medium bodied and with air, developed more of a green, bell pepper and cranberry character in the finish. Even though other bottles have offered better experiences, I'm guessing this is best enjoyed over the next decade.
Aug 31, 2013points - Tasted 3264 Views
With a beautiful nose filled with violets, spice box, cherry pipe tobacco, smoke, truffle, earth, blackberry and forest floor, the wine is pure silk and velvet on the palate. However, this bottle was more than showing its age, and while stylish, it lacked the richness, concentration and opulence found in fresher examples. Other recent bottles have scored much higher. Storage and provenance matters, especially with older wine.
Aug 16, 2012points - Tasted 2787 Views
Truffle, cigar box, ash, cassis, black raspberry, floral, spice, smoke and earthy scents make up the complex perfume. This concentrated wine is filled with layers of plush, soft, voluptuous, sweet, ripe, spicy, roasted fruit. While the wine is fully mature, well stored bottles should offer pleasure for at least another 20 years. I've tasted better bottles of this wine which have scored earned higher scores.
Nov 7, 2011points - Tasted 3994 Views
Sporting an intense Bordeaux perfume filled with floral, cedar, earth, truffle, forest and ripe, dark cherry aromas. The texture is supple, rich, round and opulent. This sexy wine flows over your pleasure points with massive amounts of lush, blackberry fruit that feels like it was drenched in pools of silk. Fully mature, but not in any danger of falling apart. This is what great old Bordeaux is all about
Nov 15, 2009points - Tasted 4980 Views
Deep color. Black raspberries, floral, spice and cedar notes. This is a concentrated, rich, complex, Margaux wine. Extremely concentrated and produced in an opulent style. Power and elegance is an apt descriptor for this sublime Bordeaux.
Jul 1, 2008points - Tasted 1830 Views
Palmer was clearly on target in the 1960’s. With a nose filled with truffle, tobacco, plum, earth, cedar and spice box scents, there was a nice sense of refined, silky elegance in the wine. More than fully mature, It began to fade in the glass after 10 – 15 minutes. But it was a very nice 10 to 15 minutes.
Oct 29, 2012points - Tasted 3829 Views
Served double blind, from an original bottle with the original cork still intact, this was polished silk. With the beautiful patina of age, the wine is filled with smoke, tobacco, cigar box, spice, flowers, cherries and truffle. The long finish was pure, silky and multi-layered. The wine was made a blend of 52% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place between September 15 and September 27. What a night!
Jun 8, 2013points - Tasted 3622 Views
Wow! The floral, earthy, tobacco, coffee and cherry scented wine was beautiful! Very rich, concentrated and deep. The texture was amazingly plush. Complex and still youthful. Great long, pure finish. This is a perfect example of why we age wines.
Jul 1, 2006points - Tasted 3436 Views
Served blind, this ruby and brick colored wine was filled with tea, spice, truffle, cigar box, floral, baked cherry and smoky aromatics. Medium boided and high in acidity, the wine finished with elegant textures, soime green flavors and hints of strawberry.
Jun 28, 2010points - Tasted 3152 Views
1934 Chateau Palmer was a thrill to sniff and sip. As it rapidly approaches its 80th birthday, it’s a chance to taste bottled history. 1934 offers a more personal connection for me, as it’s my father’s birth year and he was able to enjoy the wine. Smoke, tobacco, gentle floral scents, cherry, earth, truffle, cigar box and spicy, dark red berries kept you interested in the glass. With silk and velvet textures and a refined, soft palate feel, the wine ended with sweet, ripe cherries, earth and spice. The more wines I taste from 1934, the more I think the vintage is underrated.
Oct 29, 2012points - Tasted 2661 Views
Notes of brown sugar, caramel, root beer, spices, plums and a hint of allspice were easy to discern. The entry was light, supple and silky. The finish soft and velvely, but a bit too short. For an 85 year old wine, the 21 Palmer performed surprisingly well.
Jul 1, 2006points - Tasted 2853 Views
At 12, this has morphed into an elegant, medium bodied, finesse styled wine that is ready for its prime time window. The initial spicy, peppery notes of the Syrah has faded, leaving you with a silky, plum, cassis and earthy finish.
Mar 2, 2016points - Tasted 2258 Views
The debut vintage of this special cuvee' shows a light touch of oak, charcoal, smoky tobacco, cigar box, medium bodied, soft, the tannins lack the softness found in Palmer, but they are not obtrusive. Mature, ready to drink, enjoy this now and over the next few years.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 3442 Views
Served blind, the group was challenged to finds it place. Spicy, fresh, black raspberries, earth and floral styling's led to a soft, open, peppery expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. This is drinking well today.
Sep 2, 2013points - Tasted 4290 Views
2004 Palmer Historic XIX Century Blend - With deep color, jammy black fruit, pepper and lush textures, this is an outstanding wine. It will not last as long as Palmer, but it's a lot of fun to drink this unique wine.
Jul 1, 2008points - Tasted 7320 Views
2004 Palmer Historic XIX Century Blend - Inky black, purple in color. One smell shows you're not in Kansas any more. An incredible complex aroma of black cherry liqueur, cassis, herbs, and pepper fill the air. The palate experiences an extremely lush, fat, opulent sensation. Rich and concentrated. The finish is long, clean and pure and continues through nicely with good length. At first, it reminds you of an Hermitage, but, with some air, the Bordeaux characteristics shine through. This wine will drink well young for Palmer. With it's sexy personality, I imagine it will start opening in 7-10 years and continue offering unique pleasure for another 15-20 years... give or take. When drinking it, I picture Mr. Spock tasting it, raising one eybrow and remarking... "Fascinating."
May 5, 2007points - Tasted 5190 Views
Medium bodied, soft textured, fresh and spicy, with fruit that shows the red side of the vintage, this is the perfect vintage for adding Syrah, as it added density and a peppery complexity to the wine. This wine will be best in its youth.
Jul 6, 2017points - Tasted 971 Views
2007 Palmer Historic XIX Century Blend - has a deep ruby color. Peppery red and black fruits make up the perfume. This round, supple wine features ample doses of spicy black fruit. The addition of syrah in this vintage makes the Historic, an engaging wine. It will not be produced in 2008. 89-91 Pts
Aug 31, 2009points - Tasted 3605 Views
2006 Palmer Historic XIX Century Blend - This does not have the punch, volume or complexity of the 04. But with its unique addition of Syrah, the pepper and jammy fruit aromatics, along with the fat texture makes this a fun wine to taste. Only 100 cases were produced. The percentage of Syrah in 2006 is down to 10% from 15% in 2004.
Jun 20, 2009points - Tasted 3441 Views