2021 Chateau Palmer Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 3L
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JS 97 WE 97 DC 96 JA 96 JL 96 JD 95 WA 95 VN 94
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, April 2022

(96-97 points) There’s brightness and clarity to this young wine, with blackcurrants, violets, lavender and blackberries. Medium body with a sold core of fruit and a long, fresh finish. Fine tannins. Bright acidity. 56%...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, June 2022

(WE 95–97 points) The wine is dense with warm tannins supporting black fruit tones and acidity. Juicy and spicy, the wine's Cabernet Sauvignon shows so well with black currant flavors. It is fresh and it obviously it...
DC 96

Decanter, April 2022

Perfumed chocolate cherries with bramble tones on the nose. This has a rich and round mouthfeel, clear structure on show but also with life and lift - a sweet, bright cherry element given definition by strict but fine...
JA 96

janeanson.com, April 2022

Palmer has a little more Merlot in the 1st wine blend than usual, something that is not the case for everyone this year, but reflects how unusual Palmer's Merlot on gravel really is. This is one that makes you sit up and...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2022

(94-96 points) Deep ruby, garnet in color, the wine shows off its flowers, cocoa, black plum and dark cherry, with a Cuban cigar note coming in at the end of the nose with ease. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, June 2022

(JD 93-95 points) The Grand Vin 2021 Château Palmer checks in as 56% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot. The élevage here is unique in that the wine spends the first year in barrel (60% new) before...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2024

(95+ points) The 2021 Palmer has turned out beautifully in bottle, wafting from the glass with expressive aromas of blackberries, cherries and mulberries mingled with notions of iris, dark chocolate and spices. Medium to...
VN 94

Vinous, February 2024

The 2021 Palmer, which is 80% matured in foudres and the second year in regular barriques, has a very intense and well-defined bouquet. I feel that this is the first vintage where Duroux's incremental increase in foudres...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2021
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.

The 2021 Chateau Palmer is a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the prestigious Bordeaux region in France. This red wine exemplifies the elegance and complexity that Bordeaux wines are known for. With a deep, ruby red color, it immediately catches the eye and invites anticipation for what lies within the bottle.

On the nose, the 2021 Palmer reveals a captivating array of aromas. Blackberries, exotic spices, licorice, violets, and burning embers dance together, creating a symphony of scents that is both enticing and intriguing. As the wine unfurls on the palate, it showcases a full-bodied and layered character. The concentrated core of fruit is accompanied by ripe tannins and lively acids, creating a harmonious balance that is a hallmark of the vintage. The finish is long and expansive, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine an impressive score of 97 points, describing it as a beautifully balanced wine of striking intensity. They note that if recent vintages of Palmer have impressed with their power and richness, the 2021 vintage marks a return to the classical proportions of the 1990s, with added concentration and precision.

Other esteemed critics, such as Jane Anson and Decanter, also praise the 2021 Palmer. Anson notes the wine's savoury fruits, fresh acidities, and clear ageing potential, while Decanter highlights the perfumed chocolate cherries on the nose and the striking texture on the palate.

With its blend of 56% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2021 Chateau Palmer showcases the expertise of winemaker Thomas Douroux. The wine was crafted with meticulous care, from the pioneering viticulture in the vineyards to the thoughtful winemaking in the cellar.

This wine is a true gem that showcases the artistry and excellence of Bordeaux winemaking. With its classical proportions, concentration, and precision, the 2021 Chateau Palmer is a wine that will undoubtedly age gracefully and continue to delight wine enthusiasts for years to come.