- Château Palmer
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
- 2016 - 2032
- Case size
Goedhuis, March 2018
Neighbouring Rauzan, but a total contrast. This is an absolute fruit bomb in its generosity and opulence. A delicious cuvée, the Merlot shines through providing sweet succulent wild berry fruits with a touch of the autumn in it. Long, velvety and generous with subtle flavours of spice on the finish. Irresistible and quite simply fabulous!
Goedhuis, April 2006,
Opulent and noticeably ripe, this Palmer displays the telltale 2005 minerality with mouth coating flavours of cinnamon, dark chocolate and spice. Exotic with fine tannins and power, it is very clean and modern. Drink 2015-2030+.
Robert Parker, June 2015,
Its bigger sister, the 2005 Château Palmer (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot), is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, licorice and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. It is medium to full-bodied, surprisingly opulent (it has a big percentage of Merlot), long, multi-dimensional and textured. This wonderfully pure, stunning wine once again performs as a first-growth. It should drink well for the next 20-25 years.
Robert Parker, April 2008,
This spectacular offering should continue to improve, and may merit an even higher score after additional aging. Stunningly rich and powerful, the dark purple-tinged 2005 Palmer is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Aromas of incense, burning embers, black currants, plums, licorice, and flowers are followed by a full-bodied Margaux with more weight and power even than its nearby first-growth rival, Chateau Margaux. The abundant acidity and tannins are beautifully coated by the wine's exceptional fruit extract and overall harmony and richness. Itis so concentrated that one is hard pressed to find even a hint of new oak. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2045+
Robert Parker, April 2007,
Produced from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot (only 50% of the total crop was used), the 2005 Palmer boasts an amazing 14% natural alcohol. New administrator Thomas Duroux (formerly of Ornellaia in Tuscany) has fashioned a true classic. Creme de cassis, camphor, earth, licorice, and spicy oak characteristics emerge from this sensationally rich, full-bodied Margaux. With terrific texture, awesome intensity, high but sweet tannin, and refreshing, well-integrated acidity, this wine will be at its finest between 2015-2050+.
Robert Parker, April 2006,
A classic vin de garde as well as a Palmer for the ages, the 2005 will last for 40-50 years. Representing 50% of the production, it is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful bouquet of flowers, cassis, spice box, forest floor, and subtle wood. Boasting extraordinary intensity, a huge entry on the palate, full body, high tannin, and good underlying acidity, this is a massive as well as exquisitely elegant, pure effort. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+.
Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
Very dark crimson. Lift and perfume. Very supple start, with sweetness and quite obvious Cabernet Sauvignon rigour (53 per cent) plus seven per cent Petit Verdot. A bit severe with sandy tannins on the finish. Just a little hole on the mid palate at the moment. Well crafted but I wouldn't have minded just a little more acidity. 14 per cent - without chaptalisation of course - a record for Palmer. Beautiful texture and winemaking; I'm just looking for a little more flavour at this point. Drink 2016-30.
Wine Spectator, April 2006,
Opulent and flamboyant are the two words that come to mind with this wine. Aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big, chewy tannins (yet they are refined and silky) and a long, long finish. This is a full-throttle Palmer. Superripe and delicious.
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.