2005 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • NM 96
  • WS 95
  • IWC 95

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
Its bigger sister, the 2005 Château Palmer (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot), is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, licorice and... Its bigger sister, the 2005 Château Palmer (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot), is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, licorice and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. It is medium to full-bodied, surprisingly opulent (it has a big percentage of Merlot), long, multi-dimensional and textured. This wonderfully pure, stunning wine once again performs as a first-growth. It should drink well for the next 20-25 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2015
The Château Palmer 2005 is blessed with a very intense bouquet (as usual!) with black cherries, wild strawberry, dried herbs and a strong peppermint scent that comes as some surprise, but is in sync with the rest of the... The Château Palmer 2005 is blessed with a very intense bouquet (as usual!) with black cherries, wild strawberry, dried herbs and a strong peppermint scent that comes as some surprise, but is in sync with the rest of the aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very poised in the mouth with blackberry, cedar and graphite notes. This is a backward Margaux but you cannot deny the precision and persistence on the finish. Fabulous.
WS 95
Wine Spectator, April 2006
Opulent and flamboyant are the two words that come to mind with this wine. Aromas of blackberries dark chocolate and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate with big chewy tannins (yet they are refined and... Opulent and flamboyant are the two words that come to mind with this wine. Aromas of blackberries dark chocolate and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate with big chewy tannins (yet they are refined and silky) and a long long finish. This is a full-throttle Palmer. Superripe and delicious.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
(53% cabernet sauvignon 40% merlot and 7% petit verdot) Saturated ruby-red. Very ripe expressive aromas of plum kirsch and chocolate with lovely floral lift. Wonderfully dense rich and fat with fruit; a distinctly thick... (53% cabernet sauvignon 40% merlot and 7% petit verdot) Saturated ruby-red. Very ripe expressive aromas of plum kirsch and chocolate with lovely floral lift. Wonderfully dense rich and fat with fruit; a distinctly thick chewy Palmer with broad shoulders. The creamy merlot contributes to the wine's seamless texture and an intriguing truffley nuance adds complexity. Finishes with wonderfully ripe lush tannins. Offers great potential. 92-95 points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2005

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.