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 fi rst 100% biodynamic wine this vintage, following a journey that began back in 2008.
“The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success. Winemaker Thomas Duroux continues to fine tune this already brilliant estate, producing first-growth quality wines year after year. Drink 2012-2042.” ROBERT PARKER, WINE ADVOCATE
Enjoy with braised lamb with giant white beans.
Ch. Palmer was the star of Bordeaux’s Left Bank in 2011, eclipsing the First Growths in both concentration and aromatic complexity. This was no doubt helped by a rigorous selection process at blending and the lowest yields since their epic 1961, with just 20hl/ha.
“A vintage that I have tasted a few times this year, and an excellent one to be reminded of at the 10 year window. Layers of blueberry, plum, cassis and rosemary, sculpted and heavy on the rose and violet floral aromatics that speak of its appellation. As it opens, the smoky notes become more evident, and this is sensuous but reflective of a cooler summer than the blockbuster 2009 and 2010 that preceded it. A hail storm at the end of June meant this is a small yield at 21hl/ha - the lowest since 1961 (until 2018). Needs another two or three years to really open up, but you might be lucky with a few hours in the glass - the most recent bottle of this wine that I had (August 2021) was absolutely singing and ready to go. One of the very few Palmers with no Petit Verdot in the blend, and a rare Merlot dominance, both of which make this an unusual bottle. Drink 2022-2042.” 94 POINTS – JANE ANSON