Once part of a grand and vast estate that was split up. Eventually Chateau Palmer was bought by a syndicate of families to keep it as a heritage estate. It is 55 hectares of vines 47% of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and the rest is Petit Verdot. These are impressive wines, dense, structured, that deliver above 3rd growth quality but are priced accordingly. They are wines that live for a long time in a good cellar.
A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Overally Palmer received favourable reviews and was considered one of the great wines of a very disappointing vintage. Decanter said it was First Growth quality and a lot of other critics gave it scores to back that up. It will definitely be a younger drinking vintage but I feel these wines need about 10 years in the bottle to calm down and build some flesh.
One of the largest appellations and therefore one of the most mixed in quality each year. The Margaux wines tend to be more restrained, mineral and aromatic than the Medoc wines but they don’t achieve the plushness of the Right Bank despite Merlot often being a major player in the wines.
One of the hardest and most disappointing vintages in recent Bordeaux history. Experiencing both excessive heat and rain led to wines that were lighter, less concentrated and sometimes on the green side. Early ripening terroirs and Merlot tended to be more successful.