2012 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux

2012 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux

The ripeness of the Merlot and the precision of the Cabernet were key for the 2012 vintage. The two varieties were very different in style and a big concern for the Château was the blend, however we were told ‘the blend came easily in 4-5 tastings’ - settling on 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. Cassis, blackcurrant leaf, hints of pine and cedar wood. Wonderful integration of dark fruits, silky tannins and refreshing acidity lead to a huge grand finale of a finish. A completely stunning wine.
(Robert Parker score - 92-95)

Critic score
96.5/100 info
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Wine details

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2038info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

Château Palmer is one of the vintage’s superstars. Opaque purple, with a gorgeous nose of blueberry, blackberry fruit, licorice, incense and graphite, the wine has a multi-dimensional, skyscraper-like richness, stunningly well-integrated acidity, tannin, wood, and alcohol, a finish of close to 45 seconds and a full-bodied mouthfeel. This is a great wine from Margaux in 2012 and one of the vintage’s most remarkable efforts. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040+. The final blend was 48% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate, Issue #218 (April 2015)

This is mind-blowing with complex and superb aromas of dried flowers, blackcurrants and raspberries. Full-bodied, yet polished and velvety with lots of tension and intensity. Layers of fruit and character. Finishes with pure fruit, hazelnuts and minerals. About 20 hectares of 55 hectares were from biodynamically grown grapes. Try in 2022. Stunning.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (February 2015)

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