Historical XIX Century Wine,Ch. Palmer (L20.13)

Historical XIX Century Wine,Ch. Palmer (L20.13)

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Historical XIX Century Wine,Ch. Palmer (L20.13)

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A remarkable wine with a very Cabernet focused nose that is unmistakably Bordeaux in character. The Syrah component creeps up on you more gradually and the savoury gently spiced depths dance lightly across the palate, intermingling with the more ‘firming’ traits of the Cabernet with a consummate ease.

This is not a big XIX Century blend due to the more forward gentle nature of the vintage but don’t be fooled into thinking it is any less serious – in fact for me it is the best I have tried. Almost Burgundian in its elegance and delightfully fleet of foot, this remarkably complex and intriguing wine is bursting with personality and there is still more to come. A veritable triumph of a wine.
Peter Newton, Private Account Manager


An atypical Bordeaux wine from the famed Margaux estate, Ch. Palmer.  This blend has in previous guises shown a somewhat foursquare, brusqueness that I have found difficult to reconcile with the suave and balanced poise so often associated with the wines of Ch. Palmer. 

With the base year of this being the 2013 vintage, they have appeared to have hit the nail on the head and this wine sings out with a beautiful medium body, cassis, red cherry fruit with a hint of pencil shaving.  A lovely spice note flows through on the back palate. A fluid, beautifully elegant and poised Bordeaux. The wine will be approachable in its youth but will age effortlessly over the next decade or so.  2020 – 2030+.
Stuart Rae, Private Account Manager

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Chateau Palmer

Chateau Palmer

Château Palmer is named after a British officer, Major General Palmer, who settled in Bordeaux in 1814. It is the top estate of the Margaux appellation after Château Margaux. It is located in the centre of the Margaux appellation, and its vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 5%) lie on a sparse gravel plateau.

Palmer is classified as a 3ème Cru Classé and was established as a Super Second long before Léoville Las Cases, Ducru-Beaucaillou and Pichon-Lalande, and in some years (1961, 1966, and 1983) it is as good as any wine in Bordeaux.

Palmer's relatively high Merlot content makes Palmer the closest in style of any leading Médoc properties to the great wines of Pomerol and St-Emilion.

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Margaux

Margaux

If Pauillac can be seen as the bastion of ‘traditional’ Red Bordeaux, then Margaux represents its other facet in producing wines that are among Bordeaux’s most sensual and alluring. It is the largest commune in the Médoc, encompassing the communes of Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labaude, in addition to Margaux itself. Located in the centre of the Haut-Médoc, Margaux is the closest of the important communes to the city of Bordeaux.

The soils in Margaux are the lightest and most gravelly of the Médoc, with some also containing a high percentage of sand. Vineyards located in Cantenac and Margaux make up the core of the appelation with the best vineyard sites being located on well-drained slopes, whose lighter soils give Margaux its deft touch and silky perfumes. Further away from the water, there is a greater clay content and the wines are less dramatically perfumed.

Margaux is the most diffuse of all the Médoc appelations with a reputation for scaling the heights with irreproachable wines such as Ch. Margaux and Ch. Palmer, but also plumbing the depths, with too many other châteaux not fulfilling their potential. There has been an upward shift in recent years, but the appellation cannot yet boast the reliability of St Julien. However, the finest Margaux are exquisitely perfumed and models of refinement and subtlety which have few parallels in Bordeaux.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Margaux, Ch. Palmer, Ch. Brane-Cantenac, Ch. Rauzan-Ségla , Ch. Dufort-Vivens, Ch. Ferrière, Ch. du Tertre, Ch. Giscours, Ch. d'Angludet.

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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