2020 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 98 JS 98 JL 98 VN 98 WE 98 JA 97 JD 97 WA 97 TWI 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...
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, May 2023

Great aromas of blackcurrants, black truffles, blueberries, lead pencil and hints of cedar. Full-bodied and powerful with fantastic tannin backbone giving it great length and power. Muscular. Toned. Flexing. This needs...
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...
TWI 97

The Wine Independent, March 2023

(97+ points) The 2020 Palmer, composed of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, is deep garnet-purple in color. It is completely shut down on the nose to begin, needing a lot of patient coaxing to...
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 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
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 2020 Chateau Palmer is a remarkable Bordeaux Blend that embodies the elegance and refinement of the Margaux region in France. With its enticing red color, this wine is a true feast for the eyes. The wine is produced by the renowned Chateau Palmer, a producer known for their commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

On the nose, this wine is rich and evocative, with dark and brooding aromas of violet and rose. The scent is softly perfumed, inviting you to take a sip and discover the hidden treasures within. On the palate, the texture of this wine is captivating, with velvety tannins that immediately expand in the mouth. The tannins provide both power and refinement, creating a mouthwatering and juicy sensation.

The 2020 Chateau Palmer is so approachable that you could enjoy it right now and be mesmerized by its nuance, structure, and ease. The integration of oak is seamless, adding depth and complexity to the wine. The liquorice bite and chalky sensation alongside vibrant black fruit create a perfect balance. As you savor the wine, a sense of heat and menthol, accompanied by liquorice freshness, lingers on the finish, reminding you that this is a serious wine built to last.

This wine truly carries the beauty and charm of Margaux. It has a long life ahead, but once opened, it is sure to disappear from the bottle instantaneously. The 2020 Chateau Palmer has already received high praise from esteemed wine critics. Decanter awarded it a score of 98, describing it as sumptuous and voluptuous, with all the elements carefully set in place. Wine Enthusiast also gave it a score of 98, noting its massive richness and opulence.

Overall, the 2020 Chateau Palmer is an exceptional wine that showcases the best of Bordeaux. Its depth, nuance, and seductive character make it a true gem in the world of wine. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs.