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Troisième grand cru classé - Margaux
What are the specificities of Château Palmer?
The estate, formerly "Domaine de Gasq" was already renowned for its wines in the 18th century. Indeed, the wines were tasted in Versailles. The estate takes its name from Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer who was the owner in 1814.
The variety of vines planted on Garonne gravel soil is reduced to its simplest expression. It is a blend of 3 grape varieties:
- Cabernet Sauvignon 47% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Merlot 47%
- Petit Verdot 6%
Which proves that simplicity is far from being synonymous with lack of quality. For fifteen years, Palmer benefited from the Margaux eclipse to the point of becoming the true premier cru of the appellation. Simplicity again in the winemaking process, which is based on long vatting periods allowing maximum extraction and an absolute ban on filtration. The wine is aged for 20 to 21 months in 50% to 70% new barrels for an annual production of 120,000 bottles.
Vines averaging 38 years old produce a rich and deep wine. The mythical red wine of the Château Palmer is distinguished by its finesse, elegance and softness.
Marked by the Merlot, which would make it seem like a Pomerol before tasting, it turns out to be a true Margaux from the very first sip. It is moreover this important part of Merlot which differentiates it from its neighbours of the Margaux appellation. A very long series of impeccable vintages since 1970, with a weakness in 1980. Superb and new rival to the Château Margaux as of 1998.
The estate also produces a second wine, "Alter Ego", which happens to be more supple and more intended for drinking in its youth. A wine with a low ageing potential that can be kept for 17 to 18 months in 25% to 40% new barrels, offering an average of 96,000 bottles per year.
In recent years, the estate has planted vines of Muscadelle, Merlot Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Lauzet in order to produce a Palmer Blanc. A vintage created as a return to the past for the estate. Indeed, in 1920, the Château was already producing a white wine that was tasted only by shareholders and during the receptions given at the Château.
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Best vintages Château Palmer rouge: 1961, 2005, 1983, 2009, 2012
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