2019 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux

Château Palmer is undoubtedly the greatest property in Margaux, after Château Margaux itself, and in some vintages it makes the greatest wines going in Bordeaux. It has a higher level of merlot in the blend than most wines in Margaux, and this gives it a very specific flavour profile. It’s now farmed biodynamically, with sheep in the vine, and no chemicals used.

Critic score
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
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  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    53% Cabernet Sauvignon
    43% Merlot
    4% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2046
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2019 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux


Iris and violet aromatics swirl out of the glass. In the mouth, things are velvet in texture and packed with concentrated cassis puree and blackberry fruit, gentle spice, soft charcoal and sappy tannins, with the whole thing just slowly slowly expanding and building through the palate, tightening its grip as it reaches the close of play. The Palmer signature of energy and precision is here in spades, and altogether the wine is both measured and elegant, with textbook floral Margaux character, while being extremely juicy, creamy and enjoyable, with a mouthwatering salinity on the finish - up there with the very best vintages of this estate. Low SO2, as has been the case for a few years now in line with biodynamic principles. Back to normal yield this year of (a very welcome I would imagine) 45hl/h. Harvest September 19 to October 19. 60% new oak, likely to be in barrels for the first year then large sized oak casks for the second year. 55% of overall production in the 1st wine.

Jane Anson, Decanter (June 2020)
Château Palmer

Château Palmer is often touted as the only wine to rival Château Margaux within the commune of Margaux. Despite being classified as a Third Growth it is a wine which, according to wine critic Jancis Robinson ‘acutely expresses its origins.’ This fascinating estate was once part of Château d’Issan; it was sold in 1748 although it wasn’t until 1814 that Englishman Major General Charles Palmer bought the estate and put both significant investment, and his name, into it. His work saw the reputation of Palmer soar, but economical difficulties not only forced him to sell but also affected Château Palmer’s 1855 classification which was based on the price of wine at the time.

Palmer was bought out by a syndicate of Bordeaux négociants, and two of the four families remain major stakeholders. Since 2004, winemaker Thomas Duroux has been leading the estate, implementing biodynamic farming methods. Two wines are produced at Château Palmer, the Grand Vin and a second label - not a second wine - Alter Ego de Palmer, designed to be an earlier drinking blend made from the same terroir and grapes as Château Palmer.

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