2011 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux (2021 Ex-Château Release)

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
96/100
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£276.28
Case, 6 Bottles
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£1,657.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2042
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2011 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux (2021 Ex-Château Release)

TASTING NOTES

Tasted blind. Glossy crimson. Quite glamorous nose. Sweet and polished start and then the tannins and acidity kick in. May get there eventually. Certainly ambitious.”

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (October 2021)
16.5/20

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)
96/100

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