2003 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WE 94
  • W&S 93
  • JS 91
  • WS 90

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Reg: $239.94

$219.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Inmediately

Pre-Arrival: 12 btls
ETA: Aug. 2018

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, May 2006
With its usual high proportion of Merlot, Palmer 2003 was always going to be a generous, very ripe wine. And so it is proving, but what is so satisfying about the wine at this stage is that the great sweet fruit, which... With its usual high proportion of Merlot, Palmer 2003 was always going to be a generous, very ripe wine. And so it is proving, but what is so satisfying about the wine at this stage is that the great sweet fruit, which comes right out of the glass. Underneath, of course, there are tannins, so this wine could be drunk soon, and then aged for another 15 years.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits, October 2006
Light in its touch but lasting, like a sting, Palmer feels precise in '03, ripe but fresh. The wine holds its shape, the texture succulent, with cut. The surface is cool and elegant, with a pretty strawberry tone... Light in its touch but lasting, like a sting, Palmer feels precise in '03, ripe but fresh. The wine holds its shape, the texture succulent, with cut. The surface is cool and elegant, with a pretty strawberry tone; underneath, it feels full and dense, with a more somber complexity. Impressively taut, this should age well. Check on it ten years from the vintage; it may go 15 or 20.
JS 91
jamessuckling.com, May 2012
So much milk chocolate and dark fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy, almost dusty tannins. Some might call it a little coarse on the palate. It needs some more time, but turns to loads of milk chocolate on the... So much milk chocolate and dark fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy, almost dusty tannins. Some might call it a little coarse on the palate. It needs some more time, but turns to loads of milk chocolate on the finish. Pull the cork in 2013.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, March 2006
Blackberry licorice and tar follow through to a full-bodied palate with firm silky tannins and a medium berry and vanilla aftertaste. Juicy wine. Best after 2008. 6000 cases made. (JS)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2003

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.