2011 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L
  • WE 97
  • WA 96
  • WS 95
  • JS 95
  • NM 93

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$1,095.00

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Reg: $1,350.00

$1,095.00

This product is
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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
A wine that has density structure and firm tannins with touches of wood. At this stage it is solid and impressive; and the tannins draw the great fresh fruit into the heart of the wine. - R.V.
WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011... The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 95
Wine Spectator, April 2012
Shows an ample core of kirsch and bright cherry fruit that's very expressive with flecks of white pepper violet and tobacco. The racy acidity is well-embedded and this has solid length with a velvety edge in reserve that... Shows an ample core of kirsch and bright cherry fruit that's very expressive with flecks of white pepper violet and tobacco. The racy acidity is well-embedded and this has solid length with a velvety edge in reserve that lets extra cassis and violet notes emerge. Should stretch out nicely during the rest of its élevage. Tasted non-blind.-J.M.
JS 95
jamessuckling.com, January 2014
A wine with currants and mineral character on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, with silky, polished tannins and a long finish. Very tight and refined now. Tannic. Palmer only made 20 hectoliters of wine a hectare... A wine with currants and mineral character on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, with silky, polished tannins and a long finish. Very tight and refined now. Tannic. Palmer only made 20 hectoliters of wine a hectare. Like a tightly wound ball of cashmere thread. Try in 2020.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The 2011 Palmer has a ripe sweet bouquet of black cherries blueberry a touch of iodine and crushed violets flamboyant as usual. There is a hint of cough candy that develops with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a... The 2011 Palmer has a ripe sweet bouquet of black cherries blueberry a touch of iodine and crushed violets flamboyant as usual. There is a hint of cough candy that develops with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm grip. There is a carapace of toasty tannins underneath which lies a core of dense black fruit although it does not have the same degree of finesse on the finish as say Rauzan Segla. This is quite a serious Margaux one that probably deserves longer ageing than others to allow those brusque rigid tannins to soften.
JJB 96
JJ Buckley, April 2012
55% merlot 45% cabernet sauvignon. Vines are planted on 55 hectares of stony gravel soils at a density of 10000 per hectare and are on average 35 years old. All are harvested by hand. Yields were an incredibly low 20... 55% merlot 45% cabernet sauvignon. Vines are planted on 55 hectares of stony gravel soils at a density of 10000 per hectare and are on average 35 years old. All are harvested by hand. Yields were an incredibly low 20 hl/ha. Deep garnet core with a medium bright garnet rim. An exceptional and complex nose of ripe red cherry warm mocha and freshly picked savory herbs. The style is warm with silky tannins that continue to build throughout the palate. Red currant and tobacco flavors are followed by subtle oak nuances and a touch of cedar. The finish is long and tight with a backbone of acidity and fine grained tannins which are all in balance. One of the top wines of the Left Bank. Enjoy 2018-2030.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2011

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.