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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.
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.
Ready 2012 - 2024
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Young 2027 - 2052
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