Château Palmer, 3ème Cru Classé, Margaux, 2015

  Château Palmer

Chateau Palmer was at pains to point out that they only received 30 mm of rain in the whole of September; it is fair to say that Margaux enjoyed the best of conditions in the Medoc. They believe that 2015 sits amongst other greats such as the 2010, 2009 and 2005, and we would not disagree, these are sensational wines. 2015 was the second year the estate is fully biodynamic, although they won't be certified biodynamic until 2017. They are continuing to reduce the use of SO2 in winemaking. The first time the wines come into contact with SO2 is after the malolactic fermentations. Those who like the luxurious style of Palmer will not be disappointed. Notes of violets and stones meet with brooding dark fruit on this impressive bouquet. The palate is awash with crème de cassis, sweet blueberry and earthy fruit. It is velvety and possesses almost right bank richness yet has wonderful tension and lift. More decadent, lavish fruit coats the tannins and gives this structure. This is very impressive, large-scale Palmer. 44% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Palmer

The eponymous General Charles Palmer purchased this estate in 1814 having stumbled across the region whilst making his way back home after the Battle of Toulouse. The General moved in high society and marketed his wine successfully in London. The current owners are the Sichel family and the negociant company Mahler-Besse. The vineyards are renowned for their high percentage of Merlot plantings (47%); contrary to the popular theory that one plants one’s best gravel croupes with Cabernet Sauvignon. It is this high percentage of Merlot that gives the wine such a seductive texture and such an exotic character. The estate’s second wine, Alter Ego (previously Reserve de General) is also excellent.

Appellation: Margaux

The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.

The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Petit Verdot

The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, with Malbec adding extra smoky, earthy complexity. Also experimented with in parts of Napa too, such as at Dominus and Cain Five.