- Château Palmer
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
- 2018 - 2040
- Case size
- Available Now
Massively structured, multi layered and multi faceted, typical high quality from thisgreat chateau. April 2001
Neal Martin, May 2016,
Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 2000 Château Palmer was closed for a number of years, but it appears to be finally opening. Deep in colour, there remains a slight broodiness on the nose, although it loses its inhibitions and develops potent blackberry, strawberry and mint aromas, perhaps just a smudge of camphor. It is unashamedly rich on the entry: intense and vibrant with layers of black cherry and cassis fruit pierced by a fine line of acidity. This millennial tightens everything up towards the, finish whereupon it reverts to something much more classic in style, long and tensile. It does not quite occupy the same class as the 2005 or the imperial 2010, but it certainly has long-term potential. My advice? Give it another 4-5 years in the cellar. Tasted May 2015. 2019-2045
Robert Parker, June 2010,
One of the sexiest wines for drinking now and over the next 10-15 years is undoubtedly the 2000 Palmer. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine has an almost exotic floral nose, soft, undulating tannins, and tremendous opulence and flesh, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and loads of floral notes intermixed with blue and black fruits as well as hints of smoke and incense in its complex aromatics. This wine is drinking beautifully and should continue to do so for up to two more decades.
Robert Parker, April 2003,
This has turned out to be a prodigious Palmer. The saturated purple color offers up sexy, full-bodied, almost masculine notes of roasted meats, blackberries, and creme de cassis intermixed with notions of toast, smoke, and camphor. Only 50% of the production made it into the 2000, a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot. The wine is opulent, rich, and full-bodied, with tannin that has become sweeter with age. Its best showing yet, most importantly, has been from bottle. This is a great Palmer that should rival the best of recent vintages, which have all been stunning, as this estate continues to go from strength to strength. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.
Jancis Robinson, February 2005,
A very successful wine whose millstone will be to be constantly compared with its neighbour Ch Margaux. Aromatic with still some slight suggestion of toasty oak. Silky, creamy texture and a forceful impression almost of bloodiness. Very slightly brutal, it lacks the polish of Rauzan Ségla and the sheer ethereal lift of Ch Margaux. Some graininess on the end but a very fine Palmer. Deep purple-crimson with a pale-ish rim. Perfumed, sweet, heady, and charming. Not a heavyweight, though lots of tannins insist at the end. Very chewy finish. This will close up, I fear. Very inky tannins underneath. Very, very dry finish. Drink 2009-2016
Clive Coates, June 2001
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot. 48.5 hl/ha. 45% of the harvest in the grand vin. Very good colour. Backward nose. Full, rich, concentrated and quite tannic. This is more backward than many on the palate – Palmer often is. The finish is intense and very concentrated. The wine has excellent acidity and splendid fruit. Quite a lot of tannin but these tannins are ripe. Very lovely long, classy finish. Very fine. From 2010+.
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.