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Bordeaux 2017 - Chateau Palmer
23 April 2018

No-one can accuse the Bordelais of being predictable – the ink has barely dried in our notebooks and one of the biggest names of the Medoc, Chateau Palmer has caught us off guard and rather unprepared. Normally there is a period of grace for merchants and critics to gather their thoughts and proof their content during a slow trickle of releases from petit chateaux and Sauternes. But POW, 2017 kicks straight off with the magical and luxuriant Palmer. Although qualitatively this ranks in the same echelons as its neighbour, Chateau Margaux, it is stylistically a polar opposite. Whereas Margaux is pure florality and precision, Palmer is built in a darkly fruited, complex, gravelly mould with a lavish tannins and a real sense of opulence. James Suckling couldn’t separate these two great Chateaux, awarding both 97-98 points and it ranked amongst our top picks of the Left Bank.

We don’t know if others will follow Palmer’s lead and release in a prompt fashion, but we do hope they will follow their example concerning pricing. The ex-negociant price is down by 20% on the 2016 release and about 8.5% below the 2015. This is very encouraging. They have also released a very accomplished Alter Ego at £585 per 12 bottles IB.

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