Château Palmer 2011 3ème Cru, Margaux

After the First Growths this is traditionally one of the highest performing châteaux and is always in high demand. Yields of only 20hl/ha (the lowest since the legendary 1961) has resulted in only 5,000 cases beng produced.
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sub Region:
Rich, bold and robust
Drinking Window:
Drink from 2022 through to 2035
Closure Type:
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Château Palmer

Château Palmer is a true star of the Margaux appellation, situated on the Left Bank of the Bordeaux region. Named after a British officer, Major General Palmer, who settled in Bordeaux in 1814, 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. Third Classified Growth of the official classification of 1855,Palmer was established as a Super Second long before Léoville Las Cases, Ducru-Beaucaillou and Pichon-Lalande and is the top estate of the Margaux appellation after Château Margaux. Blessed with an exceptional terroir located in the immediate vicinity of the Gironde estuary, Château Palmer is rather unusual for the Médoc, with its high proportion of Merlot, making it the closest in style of any leading Médoc properties to the great wines of Pomerol and St-Emilion. After building its reputation on vintages that have become legendary, Château Palmer continues to make history under the direction of the talented Thomas Duroux, who has overseen the chateau’s first 100% biodynamic (in 2017), following a journey that began back in 2008.

Tasting Notes

A big and concentrated Palmer with dense black fruits and a sturdy structure. This wine will require time to develop but will be worth the wait.

Food Matches

Enjoy with braised lamb with giant white beans.

Press Comments

Robert Parker, 2014: "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."