- Château Palmer
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
- 2008 - 2028
- Case size
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Robert Parker, April 1999,
An outstanding success for the vintage, Palmer's 1998 (52% of the harvest was included in the final blend) is a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. The Merlot was harvested under ideal conditions on September 25, but the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest was not completed until October 17. The wine reflects the superb Merlot crop with its dense black/purple color, gorgeous nose of cassis, cherry liqueur, and licorice, great fruit, supple tannin, and medium to full body. This is a layered, concentrated yet surprisingly velvety-textured Palmer that achieved 12.7% natural alcohol. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
Robert Parker, April 2000,
One of the finest Medocs of an uninspiring vintage for this appellation, Palmer's 1998 (52% of the harvest was included in the final blend) includes 50% Merlot (the most favored varietal in this vintage). Exhibiting a dense saturated ruby/purple color, floral, licorice, sweet black fruit-scented nose, medium to full body, velvety texture, and copious glycerin and extract, this is a beauty. Moreover, it should be drinkable early, and has managed to avoid the harsh tannin and hollowness that plague many 1998 Medocs. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
Robert Parker, April 2001,
A classic Margaux, the 1998 Palmer has put on weight and fleshed out during its elevage in barrel. It displays a dense purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of black fruits, licorice, melted asphalt, pain grille, and a touch of acacia flowers. Full-bodied, with brilliant definition, this blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a dollop of Petit Verdot, will age well for 20-30 years. It is one of the Medoc's, as well as the Margaux appellation's finest wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2028.
Château Palmer has many followers. Indeed in certain vintages it even rivals Château Margaux itself. Its 1961 was one of the most compelling wines of the vintage outperforming most first growths. Many deem this château far more noble than its original classified third growth status which can be confirmed by its price.
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.