2014 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 97 DC 95 JS 95 JD 95 JL 95 JA 94 WA 94 WS 94
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

(WE95-97 points) This is a beautiful, structured wine, with great fruit. Blackberries and currants lie on a bed of structured tannins and firm wood. It is rich, while still presenting ample freshness and acidity. This...
DC 95

Decanter, April 2015

Robust fruit from low yields but no less elegant. Wonderful richness, texture and structure, this will become a superbly balanced wine of great beauty. Read more at...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, February 2017

This really develops wonderfully in the glass starting out earthy with mushrooms and spices and then turns to dark fruit such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, very intense and minerally. Firm and silky...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, November 2017

The 2014 Palmer is up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and should merit an even higher score in 5-7 years. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot brought up in 65% new French oak...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2015

(94-95 points) Espresso bean, truffle, floral, plum and earthy scents pop quickly as your nose meets the glass. A polished and elegant debutante wrapped in a gown of velvety tannins, this wine is fresh, clean and pure...
JA 94

janeanson.com, December 2021

Intense plum colour. Plenty of dark bitter chocolate notes on the attack, with concentrated cassis fruits and chewy tannins balanced by fresh acidities, together giving an impression of concentration and finesse. Tobacco...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017

The 2014 Palmer builds on the promise that it showed in barrel. It is clearly a more understated and nuanced Palmer from winemaker Thomas Duroux this year, but a Margaux with exquisite delineation and precision, hints of...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2017

This has a fresh, energetic feel, with lots of bramble-edged grip pushing the core of raspberry, plum and cherry coulis flavors. The finish is very pure, punctuated by lively floral and iron notes. Flaunts minerality in...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2014
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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.

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.

The 2014 Chateau Palmer from Bordeaux, France is a remarkable red wine that exemplifies the elegance and structure of a classic Bordeaux blend. With a beautiful deep red color, this wine captivates the eye before even reaching the nose or palate.

On the nose, the 2014 Chateau Palmer reveals a complex bouquet of blackberries, currants, and plum, intertwined with alluring aromas of spices, mushrooms, and earth. This captivating blend of fruit and savory notes creates a sensory experience that is both intriguing and enticing.

The palate of this wine is a true delight, showcasing a perfect balance between richness and freshness. The structured tannins and firm wood provide a solid foundation for the luscious fruit flavors of blackberry and currant. The wine's ample freshness and acidity add vibrancy and ensure a long and harmonious finish.

Notably, the 2014 Chateau Palmer has received high praise from wine critics. Wine Enthusiast awarded it an impressive score of 97 points, describing it as a beautiful, structured wine with great fruit. Wine Spectator also gave it a score of 94 points, highlighting its fresh and energetic feel, with bramble-edged grip and a pure, floral finish.

James Suckling rated this wine 95 points, noting its development in the glass from earthy and spicy aromas to dark fruit flavors. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate praised the wine's exquisite delineation and precision, as well as its medium-bodied palate with fine tannins. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it 95 points, describing it as hedonistic and sexy, with beautiful concentration and texture.

Decanter and TheWineCellarInsider.com both rated this wine 95 points, emphasizing its robust fruit, elegance, and structure. Lastly, Jane Anson awarded it 94 points, praising its concentration, finesse, and the decision to farm the entire vineyard biodynamically.

Overall, the 2014 Chateau Palmer is a wine of exceptional quality and sophistication. It is a testament to the artistry and expertise of Chateau Palmer, and it promises to age gracefully over the years, rewarding those who have the patience to let it mature. This wine is a true gem from Bordeaux, showcasing the essence of the Margaux region and the Bordeaux blend varietal.