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2010 Ch. Palmer, Margaux

Ch. Palmer, Margaux
Wine shouldn't be allowed to be this incredible! Utterly seductive, reeling you in like a shapely siren, its rocks being the somewhat chunky price tag that will inevitably accompany yet another legend from this brilliant estate. I think it is safe to say that Thomas Duroux and his team have now taken Ch. Palmer to another level, and that their 2005 was not a one-off, should anyone have thought of that. It now really has the power, grace, sophistication and poise of a First Growth and has more charm than some. Where does 2010 sit amongst such amazing recent regal triumphs? Is it better than their thrilling 2009 and spellbinding 2005? It is really hard to say. The complexity, concentration, intensity and sheer pleasure-giving punch may well make this the finest of that glorious trinity. Exceptional, but I hope they try and keep a lid on the price.
(54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot)
(Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director)Château Palmer


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
19/20 19.5/20 18/20 98+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Palmer, Margaux
Another brilliant release from Palmer, right up there with 2005 and 2009 and with an almost identical varietal make up to last year. Polished and aromatic, with sweet cedarwood notes on the nose, plenty of colour, vigorous tannins and elegant flavours of red fruits and orange zest. This château is enjoying a rich vein of form at the
moment. Sure to be in demand this year.
(Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com, May 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
19/20 19.5/20 18/20 98+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Palmer, Margaux
Superb richness and already showing a velvety texture, wonderful freshness and flavours that keep on growing, a magnificent Palmer wine for the 2010 vintage.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
19/20 19.5/20 18/20 98+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Palmer, Margaux
54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Very dark purple. Amazingly sweet and luscious on the nose. Incredibly sweet and distinctive – pure pleasure at first. Very round and luscious and has massive polish. Incredibly open at this stage – will it close up, I wonder? But underneath, a great stew of tannins lurk..! Great freshness but no leafiness. This is already carrying the Palmer hallmark in spades and its only on the finish that one sees the strong vintage character. Nothing excessive.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com 18 Apr 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
19/20 19.5/20 18/20 98+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Palmer, Margaux
The 2010 Palmer is one of the superstars of the vintage, a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, which is just slightly different than what I indicated two years ago. The alcohol level hit 14.5%, and the wine comes across like a more stacked-and-packed version of their 2000. It is tannic and backward, but has a sensational black/purple color and a gorgeous nose of camphor, barbecue smoke, blackberry and cassis. Full-bodied, with oodles of glycerin but a relatively healthy pH, this wine has a precision and freshness that belie its lofty alcohol and extravagant concentration. This is a sensationally rich, full-throttle Palmer that could well end up being one of the all-time great wines made at this estate. It needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 50 or more years.

There’s no question that Thomas Duroux and the staff at Palmer are producing wines of first-growth quality, and have been for nearly a decade
(98+ Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

The 2010 Palmer, which is 50% Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Sauvignon except for 6% Petit Verdot, is a huge, inky/purple-colored wine with notes of camphor, incense, blackberry, espresso roast, and subtle barbecue smoke. Extremely full-bodied and unbelievably powerful (14.5% natural alcohol, but with a rather standard pH of 3.75), this wine is going to be one of the great classics ever to emerge from this iconic chateau. It is extremely tannic, but the tannins are eclipsed by the extravagant concentration of fruit, unctuosity, and density of this wine. This will be a Chateau Palmer to put away for 10 years and drink over the following 40+.
(95-97 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
19/20 19.5/20 18/20 98+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Palmer, Margaux
This dense red offers a big core of currant, plum and cassis, with lots of buried violet and anise. Really loaded on the back end, this is very muscular, but still velvety. Features saturated fruit on the finish, but stays restrained. Should be very long-lived.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator –  Mar 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
19/20 19.5/20 18/20 98+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Palmer, Margaux
Product: 7763
Maturity: Drink 2020-2070 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Margaux Map of the region
Producer: Château Palmer
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
19/20 19.5/20 18/20 98+/100 97 95 - 98/100
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