2008 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JL 96 DC 95 WE 95 JA 94 JD 94 WA 94 JS 93 WS 91
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, November 2018

Obviously, it\'s been far too long since I last tasted this gem. The wine is rich, full, sensuous, floral and sexy. The fruit is fresh, sweet, and pure. The tannins are silky and while it is not fully developed if you...
DC 95

Decanter, January 2018

This has a deeper grip of fruit, one of the best so far, delivering spades of Margaux typicity and a gorgeous balance of seamlessly linked fruit, tannin and acidity. This is the right time to be drinking this wine, but it...
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.
JA 94

janeanson.com, December 2021

Young and dense in its fruit character, with black cherry and bilberry fruits, baked earth, black truffles and saffron spice. The tannins are velvety and muscular, the finish spicy and long, and this remains a...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

A wine that’s just now starting to hit prime time, the 2008 Palmer is a blend of 51% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot that was brought up in plenty of new oak. This medium to full-bodied effort offers a...
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...
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...
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...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2008
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%

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.