1966 Château Palmer Margaux Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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Fading, so this is not a bottle for further aging. If it has been well stored, you can still find truffles, cedar, tobacco, spice, and cherries in the nose. On the palate, the wine is firm, regal, and spicy, with a bright, earthy, red berry finish. This is not a wine for further aging. Drink from 2024-2028.

Fading, so this is not a bottle for further aging. If it has been well stored, you can still find truffles, cedar, tobacco, spice, and cherries in the nose. On the palate, the wine is firm, regal, and spicy, with a bright, earthy, red berry finish. This is not a wine for further aging. Drink from 2024-2028.

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Elegant, floral, medium/full bodied, refined, and with a sweet, ripe, red fruit essence, paired with notes of tobacco, wet earth, smoke and cigar box. The fruit in this bottle has started to fade. Still, it was quite charming and a pleasure to taste.

Elegant, floral, medium/full bodied, refined, and with a sweet, ripe, red fruit essence, paired with notes of tobacco, wet earth, smoke and cigar box. The fruit in this bottle has started to fade. Still, it was quite charming and a pleasure to taste.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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

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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.

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.

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When to Drink Chateau Palmer, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Palmer is not a wine for drinking young. The wine can be 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 Palmer 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 Palmer 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.

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