1995 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 97 NM 94 WA 94 WS 94
DC 97

Decanter, May 2021

The wild strawberry sweetness and curling floral aromatics of a great older Margaux are creeping in at this point, along with clear white pepper spice, iris flowers and gentle black truffles. This was the first vintage to...
NM 94

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, January 2009

This is one of the best Palmer’s of the decade. The nose is generous with raspberry, strawberry and that touch of lemongrass noted on previous occasions. The palate is full-bodied and precocious, fleshy, lots of stuffing...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2010

Deep garnet with a brick rim. Very pure aromas of warm cassis kirsch and dried lavender over a touch of truffles and game. The power of the palate is in the taut structure of medium + fine grained tannins and medium to...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, January 2007

Big and powerful with loads of fruit and chewy tannins. Still just a baby. Full-bodied with lots of structure and a long long finish. Give it time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. 14500 cases made. -JS


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 1995
Size 750ML

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.

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.