Château Palmer

About Château Palmer

Château Palmer is a Third Growth estate located in Margaux in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Although for many decades it has been viewed as one of the best wines in the region, standing toe-to-toe to Château Margaux. Château Palmer is named after a British Major-General from the Napoleonic Wars, who bought the land in 1814. He developed it considerably and gained a strong following for the wine in England. Since 1938, the Sichel and Mähler-Besse families have been major shareholders. Since the mid-1990s they have rediscovered their former class. The appointment of Thomas Duroux in 2004 has brought them into a new golden era.

 

Viniculture

Once part of the d'Issan estate, the Palmer vineyards cover 55 hectares in the Cantenac commune. Mostly found on a plateau of thin gravel on the edge of the estuary, the vines are densely planted, such that to ensure competition between vines and promote deep root systems. This Margaux tends to be high in Merlot, giving a ripe perfume and plum fruit flavours. 

 

The estate makes a second wine called Alter Ego de Palmer. Annual production is around 12,000 cases of Chateau Palmer and 7500 cases of Alter Ego.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alter Ego de Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €453.30
2017

Alter Ego de Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

This is a delicious and savory wine with beautiful, ripe and creamy tannins, as well as chocolate and plum character. Full body. The flavors turn to wet earth and mushrooms with some leather. A blend of 53% merlot, 41% cabernet sauvignon and 6% petit verdot. Lovely finish. Try after 2021.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 19 94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €453.30
Alter Ego de Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €450.90
2019

Alter Ego de Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (94)

Cinnamon spice on the nose, with a patisserie edge to the fruits that gives a rich, creamy impression. As ever with the Palmer stable of wines, you can pick out the individual flavours clearly, with careful and precise delineation of cassis, bilberry, slate and tobacco notes, but overall this is an outstanding Alter Ego that puts the emphasis on pleasure. Tannins are extremely precise but feathery and pliable. An extremely low 37ppm of SO2 at this stage, in keeping with biodynamic principles and a desire to let the fruit speak. 3.62ph. 45hl/h yield, 45% of overall production in Alter Ego.
Delivery to Storage from 28 Jul 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €450.90
Palmer 2010 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €4,211.40
2010

Palmer 2010 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €4,211.40
Palmer 2010 (1x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €436.15
2010

Palmer 2010 (1x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €436.15
Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,572.52
2017

Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97+)

A blend of 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored, 2017 Palmer gives a very serious nose of pronounced blackcurrant cordial, warm plums and blackberry preserves with hints of cedar chest, pencil shavings, violets, dark chocolate and star anise plus exotic wafts of sandalwood and cassia. Medium-bodied, the palate features fantastically vibrant, crunchy black fruits with a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. It will need a good 5-7 years to really blossom with all those tightly wound nuances, but it should be a stunner!
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 97+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,572.52
Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,039.70
2019

Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

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.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,039.70
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alter Ego de Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €363.00
2017

Alter Ego de Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

This is a delicious and savory wine with beautiful, ripe and creamy tannins, as well as chocolate and plum character. Full body. The flavors turn to wet earth and mushrooms with some leather. A blend of 53% merlot, 41% cabernet sauvignon and 6% petit verdot. Lovely finish. Try after 2021.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 19 94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €363.00
Alter Ego de Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €361.00
2019

Alter Ego de Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (94)

Cinnamon spice on the nose, with a patisserie edge to the fruits that gives a rich, creamy impression. As ever with the Palmer stable of wines, you can pick out the individual flavours clearly, with careful and precise delineation of cassis, bilberry, slate and tobacco notes, but overall this is an outstanding Alter Ego that puts the emphasis on pleasure. Tannins are extremely precise but feathery and pliable. An extremely low 37ppm of SO2 at this stage, in keeping with biodynamic principles and a desire to let the fruit speak. 3.62ph. 45hl/h yield, 45% of overall production in Alter Ego.
Delivery to Storage from 28 Jul 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €361.00
Palmer 2010 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €3,480.00
2010

Palmer 2010 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €3,480.00
Palmer 2010 (1x75cl)
In Bond: €361.00
2010

Palmer 2010 (1x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €361.00
Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,295.00
2017

Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97+)

A blend of 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored, 2017 Palmer gives a very serious nose of pronounced blackcurrant cordial, warm plums and blackberry preserves with hints of cedar chest, pencil shavings, violets, dark chocolate and star anise plus exotic wafts of sandalwood and cassia. Medium-bodied, the palate features fantastically vibrant, crunchy black fruits with a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. It will need a good 5-7 years to really blossom with all those tightly wound nuances, but it should be a stunner!
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 97+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,295.00
Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,685.00
2019

Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

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.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,685.00

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