1982 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • IWC 93
  • WA 90
  • WS 90

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2002
($240): Full deep red. Spicy aromas of cassis and rose petal with a whiff of meat. Then wonderfully penetrating and classy with bright acidity giving the wine superb clarity and thrust. This has terrific structure... ($240): Full deep red. Spicy aromas of cassis and rose petal with a whiff of meat. Then wonderfully penetrating and classy with bright acidity giving the wine superb clarity and thrust. This has terrific structure. Finishes very long and fine with excellent grip. By far the finest bottle I've tasted to date of this wine and one of the real surprises of the tasting. (My second bottle showed roasted redcurrant leather meat and smoky oak on the nose; and a sweet suave broad palate without quite the structure and grip of the first sample. But this wine too offered compelling sweetness and rated 91 points.) Drink now through 2015. 93 points
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2009
Other than Chateau Margaux the 1982 Palmer is the strongest wine from what was the weakest appellation of the vintage Margaux. Keep in mind that today the classified-growth Margaux estates are all making fine wines... Other than Chateau Margaux the 1982 Palmer is the strongest wine from what was the weakest appellation of the vintage Margaux. Keep in mind that today the classified-growth Margaux estates are all making fine wines (Brane-Cantenac Malescot St.-Exupery d'Issan etc.) but when the 1982 was conceived most of these properties made mediocre wines. Palmer which seemed very loosely structured and lacking concentration as well as tannin when it was first tasted has firmed up put on some weight and reveals a slightly rustic edge. It possesses a deep garnet color to the rim along with plenty of sweet black fruit charcoal herb and licorice characteristics. Medium to full-bodied flavorful and surprisingly well-endowed it should drink nicely for another 10-15 years.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 1998
A well-crafted red with beautiful structure. Dark ruby-garnet in color with a lot of violet and earth aromas. Full-bodied with loads of silky tannins and a long sweet fruit finish. Has always been outstanding.--1982... A well-crafted red with beautiful structure. Dark ruby-garnet in color with a lot of violet and earth aromas. Full-bodied with loads of silky tannins and a long sweet fruit finish. Has always been outstanding.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now. (JS)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 1982

Label

Finesse and elegance, typical of the great wines of Margaux, are the trademarks of Chateau Palmer. The unusual combination of grape varieties for a classified Left Bank wine–as much Merlot as Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Petit Verdot–gives Chateau Palmer a bouquet of extraordinary complexity, with fruit, flowers, and spice wrapped in a fleshy and generous structure. The subtle balance between aromatic richness and powerful, yet always restrained, tannins makes Palmer charming even when very young.

The grapes are fermented separately by variety and plot in 54 conical, stainless steel vats. The wine then ages 18 to 21 months in French oak barrels, less than 50% new.

Winery

Chateau Palmer

Chateau Palmer, classified a Third Growth Bordeaux, is in the commune of Cantenac, the heart of the Margaux appellation.

The Palmer vineyards, originally part of the larger estate of Chateau d’Issan, cover 66 hectares of gravelly soil on terraces overlooking the Garonne River. There are equal amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (47% each). The remainder is Petit Verdot. From 2014 forward, the entire property has been farmed biodynamically.

Chateau Palmer is named after Major General Charles Palmer of the British Army, who bought the estate in 1814 from Marie de Gascq. A passionate man, he invested a great deal of time, energy and money to develop his property, purchasing land and buildings in the communes of Cantenac, Issan, and Margaux, and by the 1830s, his property covered 163 hectares, 82 hectares of which were vineyards. “Palmer's Claret” quickly gained popularity in London clubs and even found favor in the eyes of the future King George IV.

Charles sold the estate in 1843. The current owners, the Sichel and Mahler-Besse families, have been in place since 1938. Their focus throughout has been on authenticity, quality and consistency.