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Château Palmer

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2018 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 100

Inky dark in color, the wine is fully opaque. On the palate you find an incredibly concentrated, fresh, vibrant, lively, opulent and refined, wine, which is a rare combination. Texturally, this is all silk and velvet hitting every nook and cranny of your taste receptors. The violet infused, earthy, deep perfume along with the layers of decadently ripe, sweet, lush fruits is impossible to resist. There is a gorgeous sense of purity that shines though on the finish making this even better. The finish with all its plum, dark cherry, cocoa and boysenberry exceeds the 60 second mark. This is a legendary vintage for Palmer. But give it time. It is easy to enjoy this in its youth, but its best days are in the future, so give it 12-15 years of age and enjoy it for at least 2 decades or more after that. Blended from 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, 14.3% ABV, .the yields were shockingly low at only 11 hectoliters per hectare -- conceding only one cluster per vine --the exact same yield Palmer experienced in 1961! 100 Points

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The color of a dark, almost opaque ruby gemstone, this is the densest vintage Palmer has ever produced. However, the wine is not heavy, it is light on its feet. Opulently styled, this is velvet instead of silk. There is more darkness in the fruit than you usually encounter here, along with a chalky minerality in the finish. The end note with its ocean of boysenberry, dark cocoa and black plum liqueur, vibrantly coats your mouth, palate, teeth and gums and stays there for over 60 seconds! The wine was made from 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place September 13 to October 15 and the wine reached 14.3% with a pH 3.83. Due to severe attacks of downy mildew in 2018, the yields were shockingly low at only 11 hectoliters per hectare -- conceding only one cluster per vine --the exact same yield Palmer experienced in 1961! No Alter Ego was produced in 2018. If you have the disposable income, this is one of the great vintages of Chateau Palmer. 98-100 Pts

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2017 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 96

Flowers, exotic spice, black cherry, plum and licorice are announced as soon as the wine the hits the glass. Sensuous, sexy, silky and finesse driven, the red and dark fruits express a purity from start to finish. Give it five to ten years to gain softness and nuance. The wine was made from 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place September 20 to September 29 and the wine reached 13.2% with a pH 3.75. Fifty-five percent of the harvest was used to produce the Grand Vin and 15 hectares of vines, which normally go into Alter Ego were damaged by the frost. 96 Points

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2016 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 100

Still showing the color of a barrel sample, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished, fresh, vibrant and pure. The wine tastes as if you ran into the vineyard and grabbed a handful of grapes off the vine, and you ate them just moments before they were crushed. The fruit has so much purity, energy and sensuality, it is impossible not to go back to the glass for another sniff, swirl and sip. Another interesting point is the addition of a gentle chalky minerality in the finish, adding a beautiful layer to the complexity. This is easily one of the great vintages of Chateau Palmer and will age for decades with no effort. 100 Points

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If you are seeking sexiness, purity of fruit, silky textures and an incredible blend of freshness, precision and sensuality that can age for decades, you came to the right place. This is just a great wine. 97 Points

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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 97 Points

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2015 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 100

This is extraordinary. The wine is so silky, it is effortless to taste and drink. The fruits paint your palate. But the wine is light on its feet. Sensuous, sexy and racy, the fruit offers a melange of red and black cherries, plums. In the finish you find a griotte sensation that sticks with you for close to 60 seconds. This perfect mix of elegance and purity should age effortlessly for decades. 100 Points

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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

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2014 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 95

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

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2013 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 91

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

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2012 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 95

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. 95 Points

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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

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2011 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 94

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. 94 Points

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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

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2010 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 97

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. 97 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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

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2009 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 99

Just starting to knock on the door of secondary aromatics, you can peek into the wine and find truffle, flowers, tobacco leaf, smoked cherries and spice. But that is only the beginning. Once you taste the wine and you feel those sensuous textures as the wine glides across your palate, you know this is special. The wine has more than ample density, but it is not heavy. The lift in the mid-palate keeps all those layers of ripe, dark red, earthy fruits alive. Vibrant, elegant and silky, the end note remains with you for at least 50 seconds or more. If you like more youthful fruit in your wine, you can drink this now. If you want to enjoy the wine as it heads to its peak, give it another decade of rest. This should age effortlessly for decades. 99 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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

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2008 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 96

Obviously, it\'s been far too long since I last tasted this gem. The wine is rich, full, sensuous, floral and sexy. The fruit is fresh, sweet, and pure. The tannins are silky and while it is not fully developed if you like your Bordeaux as it\'s just starting to add nuances, but it\'s still on the fruit side, with 1-2 hours of air, this really hits the spot! 96 Points

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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. 94 Points

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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

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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

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2007 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 91

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. 91 Points

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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. 90 Points

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2006 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 94

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. 94 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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. 95 Points

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2005 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 99

Another fabulous showing for this stunning wine. Sensuous, silky, fresh, pure and concentrated, this supple textured, heavily perfumed, silky, pure, rich, cashmere, refined wine can be enjoyed now and over the next 2-3 decades! 99 Points

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Sexy in its texture and boquet. The nose has this blackberry liqueur motif, with a great purity of fruit. The addition of spice box, cedar, tobacco and floral elements just increases the complexity. Silk and velvet textures accompany the wealth of sweet, ripe fruits. Due to its velvet nature, you can enjoy this now, but patient consumers that are willing to wait another 5 year or so, will be amply rewarded. 99 Points

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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. 98 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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. 96 Points

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2004 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 95

Rich, concentrated, silky, fresh, and fragrant, the strong notes of flowers, red pit fruits, and black currants, earth, cedar, and tobacco take no effort to find. But it is the elegant, refined expression with its length and gorgeous sense of purity on the palate that owns the day. Clearly, this is in contention for wine of the vintage. 95 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 94 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 94 Points

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2003 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 89

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. 89 Points

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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. 89 Points

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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. 89 Points

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2002 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 91

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. 91 Points

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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. 92 Points

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2001 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 91

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. 91 Points

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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! 92 Points

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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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1999 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 95

A beautiful nose of roses, black cherry, thyme, truffle and a light background note of cocoa make this fun to work with. On the palate, the wine shows silky, soft, textures, an elegant, fresh character and sweet cherries in the upbeat finish. This is fully mature. If you have a bottle, this is the sweet spot. I'd hit it over the next 10-12 years. 95 Points

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The wine starts off with lilacs and thyme. With air you find cigar box, earth and unlit cigar wrappers. Lush, soft and silky, there is a refined quality to the ripe, dark, red fruits here that feels great. Decanted 45 minutes, this is drinking in the sweet spot today. It should continue at this high level for at least another decade. 95 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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! 94 Points

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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. 94 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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 94 Points

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1998 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 90

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. 90 Points

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1996 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 91

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. 91 Points

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1995 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 89

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. 89 Points

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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. 90 Points

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1994 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 87

On the downhill slope, the wine is medium-bodied, with a crisp, bright red fruit character. The secondary notes are overtaking the fruit, leaving with you more tobacco, cedar, wet earth and forest aromas than crisp red fruit. A bit strict and firm in nature, with a leafy, herbal edge, this is not going to improve with age. 87 Points

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1990 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 90

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. 90 Points

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1989 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 96

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. 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 91 Points

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1988 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 87

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. 87 Points

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1986 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 91

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. 91 Points

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1985 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 90

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. 90 Points

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1983 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 97

Drinking at peak maturity, everything is just great. The perfume, with its tobacco, roses, cedar, wet earth and cherries grabs you. On the palate, the wine is pure silk with no hard edges. This is effortless to drink. Splash decanting is all you need, this is fully developed. 97 Points

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Refined, pure, elegant, fresh, concentrated, rich and vibrant, the aromatics, with their flowery leaning also provides a basket of earthy red fruits, spicy notes and tobacco. The silky finish wraps everything up nicely. It is impossible not to take sip after sip of this nectar. The only issue with this beauty is that the wine is finished long before you are ready! 97 Points

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This is a superb wine. Elegant, silky, refined and sensuous, the wine hits the trifecta, it smells, feels and tastes great. There is not a hair out of place. Although, this bottle seemed a little less generous than other recently tasted bottles. This is clearly in its prime time drinking window. Will it improve? Maybe. But the risks outweigh the rewards, so if you have a bottle, pop that cork! 96 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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! 98 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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. 90 Points

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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. 98 Points

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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. 98 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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 98 Points

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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 96 Points

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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! 97 Points

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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. 97 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 97 Points

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1982 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 85

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. 85 Points

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1979 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 85

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. 85 Points

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1978 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 89

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. 89 Points

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1976 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 85

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. 85 Points

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1975 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 85

Very light color with tea tints. Fully mature with spicy, tobacco, earth and cassis aromatics, the wine ends with a moderate finish. Drink up. 85 Points

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1971 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 91

Soft, elegant, refined and floral, with cherry pipe tobacco, forest leaf, earth, cloves, barbecue and sweet cherries on the medium bodied, silky palate and in the nose. Fully mature, this seldom seen wine was just singing. 91 Points

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1970 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 93

At full-maturity, this is not a wine for further aging. But that is just fine. It is already 50 years old. Still, if you are lucky enough to have a bottle, you can find an earthy, tobacco laden, cherry-filled wine with earth, cedar and cigar box notes. This is medium-bodied, silky and refined with a gentle, bright finish. If you are sitting on any, you should be consuming your bottles over the next 5 years or so. 93 Points

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Earthy, with loads of cigar box, cedar chest, tobacco leaf, red fruits and a touch of flowers, the wine is medium-bodied with an elegant touch to the fruit. This has moved past full maturity and should be drunk over the next 5 years. 92 Points

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Fully mature, the nose, with its blend of flowers, cigar wrapper and ripe cherry, with herb nuances was really on fire. This bottle, on the palate, was a little more advanced than the previously tasted example. Soft, silky, fresh and elegant, the red plums were ripe, with a touch of tart as well. Pop and pour worked perfectly. 93 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 94 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 92 Points

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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. 94 Points

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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 91 Points

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1966 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 94

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. 94 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 96 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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. 91 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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. 95 Points

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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 97 Points

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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. 97 Points

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1962 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 90

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. 90 Points

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1961 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 98

Talk about sensual, silky and refined, it doesn't get any better than this. This is femininity at its best. The wine is loaded with floral notes, most lilacs, truffle, tobacco, sweet, fresh cherries and pipe smoke. But it is that incredibly polished, palate feel, with the layers of fruit that seem endless that grab you, hold you and keep you. What a wine! 98 Points

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Served double blind from a recorked bottle, this was almost off the charts. The silk and velvet texture left an impression with each sip that must have remained on my palate for 60 seconds. Long, exotic, opulent and decadent in all the right ways, this was a stunning tasting experience. 98 Points

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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! 97 Points

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1959 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 97

Bright clean, fresh, and packed with juicy, sweet, red currants, silky tannins, refined textures and a gorgeous nose of wet earth, tobacco leaf, cherries and forest floor, this was just great in every sense of the word. This is pure bottled elegance. 97 Points

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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. 97 Points

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1957 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 84

Tea and brick in color, the wine looked like it was from the 1920's. But on the palate, there was a softness to the texture and complexity in the nose. The wine faded after 20 minutes, but for the initial greeting, it had charm. 84 Points

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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. 87 Points

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1955 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 90

A good, but probably not perfect example still allowed the complicated perfume, with its sweet tobacco, smoke, wet earth, campfire embers and red plum notes to shine through. Elegant and refined, with a softly textured finish, you were left with sweet and tart red cherries, earth and smoke in the finish. 90 Points

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1950 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 95

The fresh black raspberries, kirsch, red plums, wet earth and cigar box on the nose and palate were intoxicating. This elegant beauty continues showing its silky style, finishing with sweet, ripe, fresh, red fruits. The fruit continues showing freshness and complexity along with all its secondary characteristics. I do not see 1950 Bordeaux often, but this competes with the best wines of the vintage. 95 Points

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1934 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 92

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. 92 Points

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1928 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 100

Riveting in every sense of the word. From start to finish this is the type of wine that brings tears to a wine lover's eyes. Where do you start? With its incredible, textural pleasures of refined silk and velvet? Or with this blend of truffle, smoke, kirsch, licorice and cigar box aromatics? If that is not a total turn on, there is the incredible, seemingly forever finish offering sweet cherries, currants, citrus and earthy nuances. This is the type of wine that you remember for years, if not longer. 92 years young, this is what great wine is all about! 100 Points

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1921 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 92

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. 92 Points

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1869 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 92

Light bricking with some pink and rose tea in color, the wine was light in weight, color and fruit on the palate. But the fruit that was there combined floral, tobacco, pipe smoke and light cherry notes. The bottle was recorked and was almost certainly topped off with a more recent vintage at the time. Sadly, the cork crumbled and that information was lost to the ages. 92 Points

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1001 Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend L.20.04.  (Vin de Table Français) 93

Really fun to taste, the peppery qualities from the Syrah are shining through right now. Full-bodied, fresh, ripe and soft, the nose, with its spicy, earthy, floral, red plum nature, and the soft, peppery, red berry palate work together. This is drinking quite nice today. 93 Points

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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. 92 Points

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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. 92 Points

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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. 92 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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." 94 Points

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1001 Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend L.20.07.  (Vin de Table Français) 90

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

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1001 Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend L.20.06.  (Vin de Table Français) 90

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. 90 Points

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1001 Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend L.20.13.  (Vin de Table Français) 90

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. 90 Points

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