- Château Palmer
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
- 2024 - 2035
- Case size
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Goedhuis, April 2015,
2014 is an important year at Palmer, as it was 200 years ago that the property was purchased by Charles Palmer. In fabulous contrast to its nearest neighbour, Ch Margaux, Palmer is famed for its Merlot content, due to the uniqueness of its soil, and has 43% in the finished blend this year. It is now 100% biodynamic, and has low yields of 33 hectolitres per hectare. Deep intense colour, and plenty of dark fruits on the nose. This is rich, and continues with excellent dark berry concentration and intensity on the palate, with and upliftingly fresh and tannic finish. This will give extraordinary pleasure.
Neal Martin, March 2017,
Neal Martin, April 2015,
The Château Palmer 2014 is a blend of 45% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot cropped at 33hl/ha between 22 September and 14 October. There is certainly more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the Alter Ego: more density, perhaps more opaqueness in tandem with more delineation. Dark plums, boysenberry jam and mineral abound. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, edgy tannin and crisp acidity (pH 3.6), a dash of cracked black pepper enlivening the back palate with a taut, quite grippy finish. This is a more masculine Palmer in prospect, one that will deserve five or six years in bottle.
Antonio Galloni, April 2015,
The 2014 Palmer is also quite silky and polished, especially for a young wine. Dense and concentrated, but with gorgeous textural finesse, the 2014 is already quite harmonious. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, mocha, tobacco, menthol and licorice are all pushed forward in an opulent, forward Palmer that should offer a long window of very fine drinking. The blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.
James Suckling, March 2015,
This has a fabulous depth of fruit with dark berries, currants, blueberries and hints of licorice and spice. Full-bodied, chewy and rich with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. The tannin backbone comes through at the end, giving the wine tension and freshness.
Decanter, April 2015,
Robust fruit from low yields but no less elegant. Wonderful richness, texture and structure, this will become a superbly balanced wine of great beauty. Drink: 2020-2040
Matthew Jukes, May 2015,
(49 Cabernet Sauvignon, 45 Merlot, 6 Petit Verdot) This is the 200 year anniversary at Palmer and to celebrate they have made a wine with no SO2 additions during vinification and also one which is completely biodynamically farmed. This is winemaker Thomas Duroux in his element – the husbandry of the vineyards at Palmer has clearly reached a new zenith with his sensitive, palate-driven winemaking and it is the palate-driven wines in this vintage which are the stars. Palmer is a touch closed on the nose but it has lovely balance and juiciness in the mid-palate and very long and silky finish. The black cherry notes are superb and also coy and there is genuine, exotic spice and cool, sweet, fruit cake intensity here. This is a sleek Palmer, with delicious waves of flavour which wash over the palate rhythmically.
Jancis Robinson, April 2015,
49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Picked about five days earlier than had they not been biodynamic. Quite dark crimson but not super deep. Real interest on the nose. Something floral and complex. Very distinctive and far from the Médoc concentrated norm. Still the acidity creeps in but it certainly is more burgundian (T Duroux was not the only Bordelais to mention Burgundy). Racy and sinewy. Bit of a ballet dancer. Really quite delicate. Fresh and distinctive. Appetising. Striking. 13.5% Drink 2023-2040
Tim Atkin, May 2015,
The 55% of production that went into this wine was the highest since 2010, reflecting the château’s confidence in the quality of the vintage. This is a rich, concentrated Palmer that’s built to last: black fruited, compact, yet silky with hints of toast, vanilla spice and tangerine and a long, refined finish. Drink: 2020-32
Wine Spectator, March 2015,
This is reserved in profile now, with crushed red and black currant fruit and lightly singed alder notes. Yet the core is coiled, showing very energetic raspberry and plum coulis flavors, with a lilting violet edge and a long, iron-fueled finish. There’s a very refined backdrop of tobacco and singed juniper, and the finish is long and suave. Tasted non-blind.
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.