2020 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 3L
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DC 98 JL 98 VN 98 WE 98 JA 97 JD 97 WA 97 WS 94
DC 98

Decanter, January 2023

An irresistible wine from Palmer in 2020, sumptuous and voluptuous, open and appealing yet with all the elements so very carefully set in their place. Rich and evocative on the nose, dark and brooding with softly perfumed...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

Violets, lilacs, and roses covet their spot in the perfume before you find all of its black, and red cherries, black currants, blackberries, cigar wrapper, and earthy notes. While the perfume is intoxicating, it is on the...
VN 98

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Palmer is exceptional. Soft, seamless and ample, the Grand Vin caresses the palate with stunning depth and intensity. Super-ripe black cherry, licorice, cloves, menthol and chocolate meld together in the glass...
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast, April 2023

Massively rich already with density and opulence, this powerful wine is half-and-half Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The dark tannins presage aging for many years. Drink from 2027. - Roger Voss
JA 97

janeanson.com, December 2022

Depth, and nuance, with striking liqourice, crayon, cigar box and dark chocolate from the first moment. Combines grip and freshness, understated power, serious yet vivid character to its blue and black fruits, with mint...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

The flagship 2020 Château Palmer checks in as 48% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot that's aged one year in 50-60% new barrels before moving to foudre. It's another ripe, sexy, yet incredibly pure...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

Aromas of raspberries, cassis and cherries mingle with hints of violets, raw cocoa and hints of truffle in a perfumed bouquet. The 2020 Palmer is a full-bodied, layered and seamless wine that's deep and concentrated, with...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, November 2022

Nicely packed, with a mix of black currant, plum and blackberry compote flavors at the core, all supported by bay leaf, tobacco and roasted cedar notes. Shows good energy throughout, along with a swath of freshly plowed...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2020
Size 3L
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.

Introducing the exquisite 2020 Chateau Palmer, a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the prestigious Margaux sub-region in Bordeaux, France. This captivating red wine is a true masterpiece, exuding elegance, depth, and complexity that is sure to captivate even the most discerning palates.

Visually, the wine displays a deep, rich red color that hints at its intensity and concentration. The nose is a sensory delight, offering a symphony of aromas that unfold with each swirl of the glass. Dark and brooding, it entices with notes of violet and rose, intermingled with hints of liquorice, menthol, and spice. These aromas are a testament to the meticulous care and attention to detail that went into crafting this wine.

On the palate, the 2020 Chateau Palmer is a revelation. Sumptuous and voluptuous, it caresses the palate with a velvety texture that is both soft and seductive. The tannins are finely integrated, providing power and structure without overwhelming the senses. It is a wine that effortlessly balances richness and freshness, with vibrant black fruit flavors that dance on the tongue. The mouthwatering acidity adds a refreshing touch, while the oak integration is seamless, enhancing the overall harmony of the wine.

Renowned wine critics have been enamored by the 2020 Chateau Palmer, with many awarding it exceptional scores. Decanter awarded it an impressive 98 points, praising its nuance, structure, and Margaux beauty. Wine Enthusiast also bestowed a 98-point score, noting its massive richness and opulence. Jane Anson, from janeanson.com, described it as precise, slow, and seductive, with a striking array of flavors and a packed signature Palmer identity.

This outstanding wine is already showing great promise for aging, with Wine Spectator suggesting it will reach its peak between 2029 and 2039. However, it is also approachable now, allowing wine enthusiasts to revel in its beauty without delay.

In conclusion, the 2020 Chateau Palmer is a wine that exemplifies the artistry and finesse of Bordeaux winemaking. It is a true masterpiece, showcasing the best of what Margaux has to offer. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine promises an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression.