Named after a British officer, Major General Palmer, who settled in Bordeaux in 1814, this 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. Classified as a 3ème Cru Classé, Palmer 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. It'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. After the First Growths this is traditionally one of the highest performing chateaux and is always in high demand. Winemaker Thomas Duroux has overseen the chateau’s first 100% biodynamic wine in 2014, following a journey that began back in 2008.
Intense ruby-red with deep purple highlights. Nose with hints of vanilla, raspberry, redcurrant, and bay leaf, with understated oak. Beautiful balance between alcohol and tannin on the palate. Concentrated with rich tannin and attractive freshness. Warm, generous aftertaste. Deserves further ageing in order for the alcohol and tannin to integrate into the structure.
Goes along on many tasty meats. Especially good with lamb, veal or beef, either cooked or grilled. Also offers a great match to many strong cheeses.
Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, 2011: "Bright dark color. The most complex nose of the tasting, with a fantastic combination of coffee, crème anglaise, red fruit, cigar box and virginia tobacco. Smooth and deep-bodied in an ultra refined style but with great energy. A fantastic success."