2008 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • WE 95
  • WA 94
  • JS 93
  • IWC 93
  • WS 91

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Rich and concentrated touched easily by toasty wood. The tannins are so sweet blending easily into the powerful texture of black berry fruits with hints of licorice. This is a ripe wine its acidity always present. - R.V.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
A stunning success for the vintage and possibly the Margaux of the year this wine which achieved 13.5% natural alcohol is a blend of 51% Merlot 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Loads of barbecue smoke licorice... A stunning success for the vintage and possibly the Margaux of the year this wine which achieved 13.5% natural alcohol is a blend of 51% Merlot 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Loads of barbecue smoke licorice incense blackberry new saddle leather and forest floor notes jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. Extraordinarily intense and full-bodied with plenty of tannin but not the formidable structure of the 2010 this is going to be one of the longest-lived wines of 2008. It is full rich layered and should be reasonably approachable with 3-4 years of bottle age and will also keep for 30+ years.
JS 93
jamessuckling.com, December 2010
Palmer knows what to do. Plenty of blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors follow through to full body with chewy tannins and a vanilla cedar and chocolate aftertaste. Needs time to mellow. Layered and beautiful. Best... Palmer knows what to do. Plenty of blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors follow through to full body with chewy tannins and a vanilla cedar and chocolate aftertaste. Needs time to mellow. Layered and beautiful. Best after 2012.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Full medium ruby. Inviting almost liqueur-like aromas of dark raspberry sexy spices and tobacco lifted by a floral quality. Broad and plush but precise and fine-grained with a layered texture to the concentrated flavors... Full medium ruby. Inviting almost liqueur-like aromas of dark raspberry sexy spices and tobacco lifted by a floral quality. Broad and plush but precise and fine-grained with a layered texture to the concentrated flavors of red and dark berries and dark chocolate. Really builds toward the back but the wine's compelling thickness of fruit is nicely leavened by sneaky minerality. Finishes with noble tannins and captivating energy and perfume.
WS 91
Wine Spectator, April 2011
Offers dark plum mulled currant and blackberry notes with flashes of roasted apple wood and maduro tobacco plus cocoa and espresso. There's nicely rounded flesh and a long integrated finish that has some extra grip... Offers dark plum mulled currant and blackberry notes with flashes of roasted apple wood and maduro tobacco plus cocoa and espresso. There's nicely rounded flesh and a long integrated finish that has some extra grip. Clearly apart from the Margaux pack in 2008. Best from 2013 through 2019.-J.M.
JJB 92
JJ Buckley, April 2009
51% Merlot; 41% Cabernet Sauvignon; 8% Petite Verdot. Pleasant plum notes highlighted by spearmint and licorice. Solid middle weight tannins come off sharp and rough.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2008

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.