2004 Château Palmer Margaux Wine Tasting Note


2004 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 96

What a beautiful nose. Now you find cinnamon, cloves, violets, cigar wrapper, smoke, cherries and a wisp of licorice in the background. Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, refined and with a fabulous sense of purity and symmetry, the finish is all about the silky, earthy, cherries, smoke and a hint of very dark cocoa in the lengthy finish. With 60 minutes of air, this was showing perfectly. As a tip, this is an undervalued bottle of Palmer. If you want to experience Palmer at maturity, this is your best bet in the marketplace. The wine and this note is dedicated to CB. Palmer was always your favorite wine. You are missed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Palmer chateau Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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. 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!