2014 Château Palmer, Margaux, Bordeaux

2014 Château Palmer, Margaux, Bordeaux

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2014 Château Palmer, Margaux, Bordeaux

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One of the contestants for wine of the vintage, Palmer is one of the only Chateaux in 2014 to show this incredible level of complexity. Sweet and intense on the nose, vibrant with lots of blueberries and black cherries. Sweet and precise on the palate, with waves of concentrated black fruits. The richness is accompanied by some lovely freshness and the tannins are there to support the wines but they are ripe and supple. The finish is long and complex with some pure focused black fruits. A tour de force in this vintage.
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Chateau Palmer

Chateau Palmer

Château Palmer is a leading wine estate in the Margaux appellation on the Left Bank of Bordeaux. Though officially ranked a third growth in 1855, the quality of its wines has firmly established Palmer as a top Super Second.

Within its appellation, Palmer is the closest rival to their first growth neighbour, Château Margaux. At their best, such as with the legendary 1961 vintage, the wines of Château Palmer are among the greatest anywhere in Bordeaux. Since 2004, the estate has been led by the charismatic and ambitious Thomas Duroux. Bordeaux native Duroux became the estate’s Director aged just 34, following a stint making wine in Bolgheri at Ornellaia. The technical team began experimenting with biodynamic farming in 2009 and today Palmer is among the leading biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux. A growing number of classified growths have since started to follow the example of Palmer and its fellow early adopters Pontet-Canet and Climens.

Situated in the commune of Cantenac, the property lies just outside the village of Margaux proper. Its 66 hectares of vines sit upon a gravel terrace overlooking the Gironde estuary. The old Médocain adage that the best vineyards have a view of the river is lent some credence here. The vineyard is planted in equal parts to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (47% each), balanced with a little Petit Verdot (6%). The relatively high Merlot content is unusual for the Grands Crus of the Médoc, lending Palmer a unique style for the Left Bank.

The estate dates to the 17th century, though it was not until 1814 that Englishman Charles Palmer took ownership and gave it his name. A future major general of the British army, Palmer spent 30 years expanding the property and, shrewdly, developing the reputation of “Palmer’s Claret” in the thriving UK market. His successors, the Pereire brothers, were responsible for building the iconic turreted château that was completed in 1854. In 1938, the estate was bought by four Bordeaux négociant families. The descendants of two – the Sichel and Mähler-Besse families – own the property to this day. In addition to the Grand Vin, the Château Palmer portfolio also includes Alter Ego and Historical XIXth Century Wine.

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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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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Antonio Galloni 95+
Wine Advocate94+/100
jancisrobinson.com17/20
Decanter18.5+/100
Other95+

Critic reviews

Antonio Galloni 95+
The 2014 Palmer is endowed with serious depth and intensity. Black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, spice, leather, tobacco and menthol infuse the 2014 with striking midpalate depth, unctuousness and texture. Silky, plush and polished, the 2014 will likely offer a very long window of pure drinking pleasure. It is one of the sexiest, raciest 2014s readers will come across. The blend is 49 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 45 % Merlot and 6 % Petit Verdot aged in 60-65 % new French oak. Drink 2020 – 2034.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (Febuary 2017)
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Wine Advocate94+/100
The 2014 Palmer builds on the promise that it showed in barrel. It is clearly a more understated and nuanced Palmer from winemaker Thomas Duroux this year, but a Margaux with exquisite delineation and precision, hints of blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. It feels supple and lithe in the mouth. It will not have the depth and power of the subsequent 2015 Palmer, yet the "flow" is very sensual and the Merlot (45% of the blend) just lends it roundness and a caressing texture. What a beautiful Margaux and I bet it will be deceptively long-lived.
Neal Martin - 31/03/2017 Read more
jancisrobinson.com17/20
Tasted blind. Refined and classy and polished with the tannins well covered by fruit. Dry finish but ambitious rather than raw. Stony finish. Appetising. Drink 2024-2040.
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (February 2018)
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Decanter18.5+/100
Robust fruit from low yields but no less elegant. Wonderful richness, texture and structure, this will become a superbly balanced wine of great beauty.
Steven Spurrier - decanter.com - Apr 2015 Read more
Other95+
The 2014 Palmer is up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and should merit an even higher score in 5-7 years. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot brought up in 65% new French oak, its deep ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a rich, opulent bouquet of blackcurrants, black cherries, chocolate, and tobacco, with hints of graphite and background oak. With more texture and mid-palate depth than most in the vintage, this terrific 2014 is medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, layered and as hedonistic and sexy as it gets in the vintage. Give bottle 4-5 years and it should drink nicely for two decades. 2023 – 2043
Jeb Dunnuck (November 2017)
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