Vieux Chateau Palon Montagne St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Vieux Chateau Palon Montagne St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, information on their vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Vieux Chateau Palon History, Overview

Vieux Chateau Palon is owned by Gregory Naulet. Gregory Naulet grew up in a family with a wine background as his father was the head of the Saint Emilion cooperative. Gregory Naulet purchased Vieux Chateau Palon in 1999.

In an effort to increase the quality and recognition of his estate, starting with the 2006 vintage, Gregory Naulet made the decision to bring in Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus as their consultant to help with both the needed work in the vineyards and with their winemaking.

Vieux Chateau Palon Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The small, 5-hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Vieux Chateau Palon is planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this is typical of the appellation. The terroir is quite good for the region, with its clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is perfectly situated on the plateau of Calon.

To produce the wine of Vieux Chateau Palon, the vinification takes place in small, temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks that range in size from 60 hectoliters up to 80 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels.

The wine of Vieux Chateau Palon is then aged for 12 to 15 months in a combination of 70% new, French oak barrels and one-year-old used oak barrels before bottling. On average, close to 2,000 cases of wine are produced of Vieux Chateau Palon in an average vintage.

The best vintages of Vieux Chateau Palon are: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

When to Drink Vieux Chateau Palon, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Vieux Chateau Palon is much better with at least 2-4 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Vieux Chateau Palon offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-8 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Vieux Chateau Palon with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Vieux Chateau Palon is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Vieux Chateau Palon is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Vieux Chateau Palon is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

With a plush, forward, fruity, round character, which is always fairly priced, Vieux Chateau Palon is a great example of a Bordeaux value wine.

Vieux Château Palon Wine Tasting Notes

13 Vintages 56,492 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
91
Round, fruity, forward, fresh, and creamy, this ready-to-go, well-priced charmer already offers its licorice, cherry, and chocolate character with just a swirl or two. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release and for at least 10-12 years after that. Drink from 2026-2035. 90-92 Pts.

Round, fruity, forward, fresh, and creamy, this ready-to-go, well-priced charmer already offers its licorice, cherry, and chocolate character with just a swirl or two. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release and for at least 10-12 years after that. Drink from 2026-2035. 90-92 Pts.

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2022
92
Flowers and leafy herbs combine with sweet, ripe, red and black pit fruits to produce an elegant, soft, polished, medium-bodied, supple wine with sweetness, freshness, and good energy in the spice, accented, fruity finish. This should be delicious on release and provide pleasure for over a decade with ease. The wine blends 75% Merlot with 25% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts.

Flowers and leafy herbs combine with sweet, ripe, red and black pit fruits to produce an elegant, soft, polished, medium-bodied, supple wine with sweetness, freshness, and good energy in the spice, accented, fruity finish. This should be delicious on release and provide pleasure for over a decade with ease. The wine blends 75% Merlot with 25% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts.

3,822 Views   Tasted
2021
90
Incense, espresso, cherries, plums and citrus form the nose. Soft and creamy, vibrant and bright, though the oak remains a part of the wine from start to finish. If it integrates, it will be a better wine. Drink from 2024-2034.

Incense, espresso, cherries, plums and citrus form the nose. Soft and creamy, vibrant and bright, though the oak remains a part of the wine from start to finish. If it integrates, it will be a better wine. Drink from 2024-2034.

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Medium-bodied, round, forward and focused on its chocolate-covered, espresso-infused black cherry and plum profile, this is going to be quite a pleasure to enjoy in its youth for all of its lush, ripe, sweet, chocolatey fruits. Drink from 2023-2030. 87-90

Medium-bodied, round, forward and focused on its chocolate-covered, espresso-infused black cherry and plum profile, this is going to be quite a pleasure to enjoy in its youth for all of its lush, ripe, sweet, chocolatey fruits. Drink from 2023-2030. 87-90

2,370 Views   Tasted
2020
91
The oak is quite on top at the moment, you can sense it in the mouth and on the palate, plus, there is a touch of volatile acidity which will hopefully better integrate with a few years of age. Medium-bodied, fresh and silky, the red fruits are ripe, but the oak is fairly dominant, so give it a few years of age before pulling a cork. Drink from 2023-2038.

The oak is quite on top at the moment, you can sense it in the mouth and on the palate, plus, there is a touch of volatile acidity which will hopefully better integrate with a few years of age. Medium-bodied, fresh and silky, the red fruits are ripe, but the oak is fairly dominant, so give it a few years of age before pulling a cork. Drink from 2023-2038.

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Spicy, stony and savory, the wine is lush, round and fleshy. Supple-textured and packed with ripe, deep red pit fruits, the wine leaves you with a silky, soft, polished, chocolate covered black cherry and espresso tinged finish. 90-92 Pts

Spicy, stony and savory, the wine is lush, round and fleshy. Supple-textured and packed with ripe, deep red pit fruits, the wine leaves you with a silky, soft, polished, chocolate covered black cherry and espresso tinged finish. 90-92 Pts

3,179 Views   Tasted
2019
90
Vanilla, smoke, espresso and dark cherries with a savory edge shine with little effort already. The wine is medium-bodied, plush and polished with chewy tannins and a blast of spicy coffee notes to accompany the fruits in the finish, this will be just great to taste on release. Drink from 2022-2034.

Vanilla, smoke, espresso and dark cherries with a savory edge shine with little effort already. The wine is medium-bodied, plush and polished with chewy tannins and a blast of spicy coffee notes to accompany the fruits in the finish, this will be just great to taste on release. Drink from 2022-2034.

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Floral, fruity, soft and silky, with elegant, but present tannins and a long, fleshy, black raspberry cherry and vanilla tinged finish. 89-91 Pts

Floral, fruity, soft and silky, with elegant, but present tannins and a long, fleshy, black raspberry cherry and vanilla tinged finish. 89-91 Pts

4,125 Views   Tasted
2018
91
Lusciously textured, plummy fruits, espresso, licorice and smoky nuances are already discernable. Polished, round, sweet, ripe, dark red fruits taste and feel great on the palate. The finish, with its espresso and cocoa accented cherries hits the spot. This is a delicious value play for those willing to skip the big wines and just want pleasure in the glass.

Lusciously textured, plummy fruits, espresso, licorice and smoky nuances are already discernable. Polished, round, sweet, ripe, dark red fruits taste and feel great on the palate. The finish, with its espresso and cocoa accented cherries hits the spot. This is a delicious value play for those willing to skip the big wines and just want pleasure in the glass.

2,984 Views   Tasted
Rich, dense, plummy, fat and with depth of flavor, the wine is loaded to the brim with all the ripe, fleshy plums, licorice and cocoa you need. This is a delicious value play for those willing to skip the big wines and just want pleasure in the glass. 91-93 Pts

Rich, dense, plummy, fat and with depth of flavor, the wine is loaded to the brim with all the ripe, fleshy plums, licorice and cocoa you need. This is a delicious value play for those willing to skip the big wines and just want pleasure in the glass. 91-93 Pts

3,545 Views   Tasted
2017
88
A notable depth of color, you'll find mineral driven, black raspberries, thyme, soft textures and sweet, salty red fruits in the finish. Medium bodied, juicy and chalky, a few years in the cellar will provide the necessary evolution.

A notable depth of color, you'll find mineral driven, black raspberries, thyme, soft textures and sweet, salty red fruits in the finish. Medium bodied, juicy and chalky, a few years in the cellar will provide the necessary evolution.

2,722 Views   Tasted
2016
91
Ripe, supple and fleshy, this is ripe, round, lush and easy to drink, due to all its ripe, black cherries, licorice and espresso. This is delicious to drink now, and will be even better with a few years of aging.

Ripe, supple and fleshy, this is ripe, round, lush and easy to drink, due to all its ripe, black cherries, licorice and espresso. This is delicious to drink now, and will be even better with a few years of aging.

3,498 Views   Tasted
Fleshy and flashy, this supple, lushly textured, already delicious wine is loaded with licorice, black cherries and espresso. This should be open on release or with just a year or two of age.

Fleshy and flashy, this supple, lushly textured, already delicious wine is loaded with licorice, black cherries and espresso. This should be open on release or with just a year or two of age.

2,454 Views   Tasted
2015
91
Fleshy, supple, soft and polished, this has all the sweet, ripe cherries, licorice and lushly textured fruits you need. If you're looking for a reasonably, priced, early drinking beauty, this is the ticket!

Fleshy, supple, soft and polished, this has all the sweet, ripe cherries, licorice and lushly textured fruits you need. If you're looking for a reasonably, priced, early drinking beauty, this is the ticket!

3,838 Views   Tasted
Licorice, black cherries and espresso, plush textures and a sweet, round, dark berry finish in a forward style are the perfect recipe for what you to create a great example of a value priced, Bordeaux wine.

Licorice, black cherries and espresso, plush textures and a sweet, round, dark berry finish in a forward style are the perfect recipe for what you to create a great example of a value priced, Bordeaux wine.

2,603 Views   Tasted
2014
85
Medium bodied, forward, round, obvious style of wine with a black cherry and espresso nose and palate. This is not a wine for aging, I'd opt for drinking this on the young side.

Medium bodied, forward, round, obvious style of wine with a black cherry and espresso nose and palate. This is not a wine for aging, I'd opt for drinking this on the young side.

2,541 Views   Tasted
2012
88
Stony, black raspberries and licorice scents blend with a round textured , forward style and a soft, medium bodied, black cherry finish.

Stony, black raspberries and licorice scents blend with a round textured , forward style and a soft, medium bodied, black cherry finish.

2,479 Views   Tasted
2010
88
Already giving up its sweet black raspberry, cherry and earthy character, the wine is soft, medium bodied and fresh, and will best in its expressive youth.

Already giving up its sweet black raspberry, cherry and earthy character, the wine is soft, medium bodied and fresh, and will best in its expressive youth.

5,868 Views   Tasted
2009
86
2009 Vieux Chateau Palon opens with earth, berry, licorice, and spice aromas. This easy drinking wine has a berry filled finish. 84-87 Pts

2009 Vieux Chateau Palon opens with earth, berry, licorice, and spice aromas. This easy drinking wine has a berry filled finish. 84-87 Pts

4,824 Views   Tasted