2013 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2013
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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.

First made in 2004, the Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Wine is a two-region blend, not a “Bordeaux wine” per AOC regulations. The mix includes 42.5% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Chateau Palmer estate vineyards. The other 15% is Syrah taken from the Rhone Valley.

Because of the regional and varietal mix, Historical XIXth Century Wine is not labeled as Bordeaux but simply Vin. For the same legal reasons, the name Chateau Palmer, the picture of their chateau does not appear on the front label and the wine is not vintage dated. Vintage can be determined by the lot number on the bottom of the bottle. For example, L20.13 reflects the 2013 vintage.

The wine is not made every year.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to a true gem from the Bordeaux region of France. Behold, the magnificent 2013 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend! This Bordeaux Blend, hailing from the esteemed Margaux sub-region, is a wine that exudes elegance, complexity, and a rich history.

As you pour this wine into your glass, your senses are immediately captivated by its deep, ruby red hue. The aromas that waft from the glass are nothing short of enchanting. Notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, and dark cherries dance harmoniously with hints of cedar, tobacco, and a touch of graphite. There is a subtle floral essence that adds a delightful layer of complexity to the bouquet.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. The tannins are velvety smooth, providing a luxurious mouthfeel that coats the entire palate. The flavors are intense and concentrated, with ripe black fruits taking center stage. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of spice add further depth and intrigue to the wine. The acidity is well-balanced, providing a refreshing lift that keeps the wine vibrant and lively.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.0%, this wine showcases its finesse and restraint. It is not overpowering or heavy-handed, but rather it embraces a more refined and nuanced approach. The finish is long and lingering, leaving you with a lasting impression of its exceptional quality.

Crafted by the esteemed producer, Chateau Palmer, this wine is a testament to their dedication to excellence and tradition. It is a wine that pays homage to the historical XIXth century blends that were once crafted in Bordeaux, showcasing the timeless beauty and allure of the region.

In conclusion, the 2013 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend is a wine that truly embodies the essence of Bordeaux. Its elegance, complexity, and impeccable balance make it a wine that deserves a place in any wine connoisseur's collection. So, indulge yourself in this remarkable creation and let it transport you to the enchanting world of Bordeaux.