2014 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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In 2004 Château Palmer decided to make a very tiny amount of wine based on the historical blend of grapes that was popular not only at the estate, but throughout the Médoc in the nineteenth century. This blend included a...


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.

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.

Introducing the exquisite 2014 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend, a Bordeaux red wine that embodies the rich history and elegance of the Margaux region in France. This exceptional wine, produced by the esteemed Chateau Palmer, is a true testament to the artistry and tradition of winemaking.

With a deep, ruby red color that captivates the eye, this red Bordeaux blend immediately entices the senses. The aromas that waft from the glass are a delightful medley of cassis, black pepper, tobacco, and chocolate. The floral notes present are reminiscent of the violets of Margaux, while also displaying the deeper and more intense character of syrah.

On the palate, the 2014 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend reveals its full-bodied nature, embracing the senses with its depth and chewiness. The integration of the tannins into the wine's foundation, both from the grapes and the oak, is masterful, resulting in a velvety and harmonious mouthfeel. The wine boasts remarkable complexity, with layers of flavors evolving gracefully on the palate.

This vintage showcases the historic blend of grapes that was prevalent in the nineteenth century throughout the Médoc region. Notably, a small percentage of syrah, referred to as a "Hermitaged" example, was incorporated into the blend. This unique addition adds a distinctive character and further enhances the wine's complexity.

The 2014 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend has an alcohol percentage of 13.5% and is sealed with a traditional cork closure, preserving the wine's integrity and allowing it to age gracefully for many years to come. This wine is a true collector's item, a glimpse into the past that pays homage to the heritage of Chateau Palmer.

Indulge in the extraordinary experience that is the 2014 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend. Savor each sip and let the flavors transport you to the enchanting vineyards of Margaux, where history and craftsmanship intertwine to create exceptional wines.