2000 Château Palmer Margaux Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2000 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 96

This bottle was much better than the one tasted a few months ago. With the texture of pure silk, from the moment the wine left the glass, it was where it needed to be with its perfume seemingly created in a tobacco shop with flowers on every counter. Full-bodied, elegant, fresh and refined, the silky tannins and layers of sweet, ripe, soft red fruits on your palate sealed the deal. You can enjoy this for another 2 decades with ease. 96 Points

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Stubbornly hanging on to its youth, the wine is rich, full-bodied, fresh and vibrant, with loads of sweet, ripe, spicy red and black fruits, earth, flowers, tobacco leaf and a touch of smoke. Structured to age, give it another 5 years to fill out and soften. 95 Points

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It took 2 hours of air before the wine softened, opened and displayed its concentrated, silky, fresh, elegant, plum, cherry, tobacco, floral, earth and cigar box character. Concentrated, full-bodied and probably a slightly firmer, regal style of Palmer seems to be forming here. Give it another 5 years and we will know for sure. 95 Points

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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! 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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When to Drink Chateau Palmer, Anticipated Maturity, Decantinpalmerg 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 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.

Chateau Palmer White Wine

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. At 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 1930s.

At the start of the 21st century, that tradition was revived. The first vintage for Vin Blanc de Palmer was in 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!

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