2011 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux

2011 may not be 1961, however in the case of Château Palmer the two vintages could have in common a Grand Vin that could be considered as one of the wines of the vintage. We left the Château gushing about the spicy, almost animal complexity of the dark fruit nose, the incredibly rich palate, silky texture and flavours of kirsch, blackcurrant leaf, clove and leather, the incredibly fine-grained tannins and indeed the brilliant concentration and impressive length… In five short words, we liked it - a lot!

Critic score
2 available
10 bottles available from £1,168.08 per case, 6 bottles
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
Provenance: 5/5: Report
1 available
From a client
Provenance: 5/5: Report
4 available


  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    55% Merlot
    45% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Maturity
    Young 2018 - 2035
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
2011 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux


The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate (April 2014)