• Domaine: Château Palmer
• Appellation: Margaux
• Classification: Third Growth, 3ème Grand Cru Classé in 1855
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
This is an ex-chateau release in 2020.
While originally classified as a Third Growth in 1855, Château Palmer has rightfully earned a reputation for tasting and being priced as a Second Growth (some even compare it to a First Growth). In the 1960s, when the famed Château Margaux was unfortunately mismanaged, Château Palmer was considered the epitome of the Margaux appellation. When one first visits the property, it takes just a few minutes for one to gain the insight that Château Palmer is located a stone's throw away (literally) from Château Margaux, thus sharing the same terroir. The owners and winemakers at Château Palmer have not wasted this natural endowment. Many decades (some say over a century) of consistent efforts by generations of caretakers of Château Palmer have created a delightful, silky wine that will please the palate of the most critical consumers.
"Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the estate team regard the 2010 Château Palmer as their best since the 1983. This showing did nothing to suggest otherwise. It offers stunning precision on the nose: incredibly fresh and vibrant with the same spine-tingling level of mineralité as the 2005. What they both share is a Pauillac-like graphite seam that runs from start to finish. Like the 2005, there is a beguiling symmetry here, more focused and linear than the sumptuous 2009, yet with sensational length that makes you wonder what on Earth it will taste like in another 10-15 years. I would keep this in your cellar for another decade at least and it may well merit a higher score down the line. Tasted May 2015." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate (5/29/2016, Interim Issue), Ratings: 96+
"The 2010 Palmer is one of the superstars of the vintage, a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, which is just slightly different than what I indicated two years ago. The alcohol level hit 14.5%, and the wine comes across like a more stacked-and-packed version of their 2000. It is tannic and backward, but has a sensational black/purple color and a gorgeous nose of camphor, barbecue smoke, blackberry and cassis. Full-bodied, with oodles of glycerin but a relatively healthy pH, this wine has a precision and freshness that belie its lofty alcohol and extravagant concentration. This is a sensationally rich, full-throttle Palmer that could well end up being one of the all-time great wines made at this estate. It needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 50 or more years.
There’s no question that Thomas Duroux and the staff at Palmer are producing wines of first-growth quality, and have been for nearly a decade." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (2/27/2013, Issue 205), Ratings: 98+