1989 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • VN 97
  • WA 96
  • JL 96
  • WS 92
  • JS 91

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Reg: $525.00

$475.00

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VN 97
Vinous, September 2019
The 1989 Palmer has vied with the 1983 as the highlight of the decade, so it is fascinating to revisit it at 30 years old. It has a wonderful bouquet of degraded red berry fruit, singed leather and hints of game and mint... The 1989 Palmer has vied with the 1983 as the highlight of the decade, so it is fascinating to revisit it at 30 years old. It has a wonderful bouquet of degraded red berry fruit, singed leather and hints of game and mint, beautifully defined and still so fresh, yet undeniably old-school in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and still brimming with vigor, delivering a fine bead of acidity and a touch of cracked black pepper. A very detailed, engaging finish urges you back for another sip. A brilliant Palmer, and judging from this showing, it has another two decades of pleasure to give. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château. -- Neal Martin
WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2010
Deep garnet-brick. Dark chocolate covered cherries, espresso, cinnamon, rose petals, tree bark and loam. Medium to full body with layers of concentrated fruit and spice flavours supported by crisp acidity and a medium+... Deep garnet-brick. Dark chocolate covered cherries, espresso, cinnamon, rose petals, tree bark and loam. Medium to full body with layers of concentrated fruit and spice flavours supported by crisp acidity and a medium+ level of fine tannins. Very long finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
JL 96
TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2017
This elegant, charming beauty is loaded with floral, cherry blossom, earth and tobacco notes. Silky, soft, sweet and fresh, pop a cork, or age it another 5 years. Either way, this is a really fine Margaux. The wine was... This elegant, charming beauty is loaded with floral, cherry blossom, earth and tobacco notes. Silky, soft, sweet and fresh, pop a cork, or age it another 5 years. Either way, this is a really fine Margaux. The wine was made from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 6 to September 23, making this the earliest harvest in the history in the estate.
WS 92
Wine Spectator, January 2010
Displays impressive sweet berry and floral aromas with hints of cedar and light new oak. Medium- to full-bodied offering fine tannins and a fresh finish. This wine is just now opening with a racy backbone of tannins and... Displays impressive sweet berry and floral aromas with hints of cedar and light new oak. Medium- to full-bodied offering fine tannins and a fresh finish. This wine is just now opening with a racy backbone of tannins and dark fruits on the finish. This is turning out to be more balanced than I remember. Ready.-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective
JS 91
jamessuckling.com, March 2012
I find this a little austere with mineral, tar, and currant character. It’s a little subdued. Full and silky on the palate, it’s firm and bright, even tight. Served from imperial bottle.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 1989

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.