Chateau Palmer Margaux was 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.
“The 2008 Palmer has a very intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and iris scents, blossoming in the glass whilst retaining superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but quite rounded tannin that frame the pure blackberry and raspberry fruit. There are touches of white pepper and clove towards the finish, completing quite a superb Margaux from Thomas Duroux. Equal with Château Margaux? It might even be better…“(NM) 95 points Vinous 2018.
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.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Often blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz will fix the hole Cabernet has in its middle palate.
Not a lot of love for this hard working grape. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
Variable weather conditions during the growing season meant 2008 was a difficult year. On the Left Bank the vintage favoured the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon and the wines that use a high percentage of it such as those in Pauillac and St-Julien. The wines have classic flavours but aren’t as ‘dazzling’ as 2005, 2009. The Right Bank offered a small crop of seductive but tannic wines that will age very well. Some care is required when selecting wines.