2021 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%

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.

Today we take a journey into the world of fine wines, delving into the exquisite 2021 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend. This magnificent wine, a Bordeaux blend, hails from the verdant vineyards of Bordeaux, more specifically, the Margaux sub-region in France.

Bordeaux blends are characterized by their rich, luxurious amalgamation of flavors. They typically contain a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, each contributing a unique quality to the blend. The 2021 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend is no exception to this tradition.

This red wine boasts a striking color, a testament to the quality of the grapes and the meticulousness of the winemaking process at Chateau Palmer. In the glass, it reveals a bold, intense shade of ruby, an immediate sign of its richness and depth.

The Bordeaux region, and indeed the Margaux sub-region, is known for producing wines of exceptional quality, and this 2021 vintage carries on that legacy. The favorable climate and fertile soil of the region provide the perfect conditions for the grapes to thrive, resulting in a wine that is both complex and balanced.

The wine's bouquet is as captivating as its appearance: a harmonious blend of ripe fruits like blackcurrant and blackberry, intertwined with subtle notes of tobacco, spice, and earthiness. This is a wine that evolves and reveals itself over time, each sip offering a new layer of complexity.

On the palate, the 2021 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend is an experience to savor. The wine is full-bodied, yet elegant, with a structured tannic backbone that promises excellent ageing potential. Its flavors echo the nose, revealing a symphony of fruits, spices, and earthy notes that linger long after the first sip.

This wine, like all offerings from Chateau Palmer, is a testament to the winery's commitment to excellence, a shining example of the art of winemaking at its finest. The 2021 Chateau Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend is a wine to be savored and remembered, a true gem in the world of Bordeaux blends.