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Fine, harmonious black fruit nose. Attractively fat, opulent and silky. Flavour builds on the palate, finishing really long with flavourful tannins. Suave and very long, sophisticated, elegant. A top Palmer - real Margaux lift and joy. Rating: 94-94 L&S (Apr 2006)
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Dense nose with fine intensity of cherries and blackcurrants. Rich palate of black fruits yet smooth, with tannins firming up the long finish. Not easy to approach today, showcasing the power of 2005. Drinking range: 2015 - 2030 Decanter Magazine (May 2015)
Saturated, deep ruby-red. Subdued, brooding aromas of dark raspberry and chocolate. Large-scaled, broad and round, with a lush, tactile quality and outstanding depth of flavor. The substantial, dusty tannins arrive very late, allowing the superripe finishing flavors of kirsch and dark chocolate to open and expand. There's something almost 1947-like about this decadent, layered wine. This is the ripest Palmer ever made, at 14% alcohol and a pH of 3.85; Duroux told me it includes a bit of merlot picked at 15.5%. (May/June 2007) Rating: 93-95 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Opaque, deep garnet hue. The nose is closed at first, then black cherries, cedar and a touch of mint. The palate is full-bodied, very concentrated and opulent, though there is a lot of structure underneath. Does not quite have the focus of Margaux, the finish if very dense, touch of cedar and toasty, almost extravagant. Very fine, will meld together in barrel. Huge grip on the finish. Rating: 23/25 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2006)
With Palmer (and the estate's second wine, Alter Ego) weighing in at about 14% alcohol, the highest level ever recorded at this property, long-time Palmer fans may not know quite what to do with the 2005. But this extraordinarily dense, thick and seamless wine is going to give pleasure for upwards of three decades. (53% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 7% petit verdot) Saturated ruby-red. Very ripe, expressive aromas of plum, kirsch and chocolate, with lovely floral lift. Wonderfully dense, rich and fat with fruit; a distinctly thick, chewy Palmer with broad shoulders. The creamy merlot contributes to the wine's seamless texture, and an intriguing truffley nuance adds complexity. Finishes with wonderfully ripe, lush tannins. Offers great potential. Rating: 92-95 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2006)
Hugely rich, tobacco leaves and cassis on nose, wonderful clarity of flavour, silky texture with powerful fruit and firm tannins. Drink 2012-50. Rating: *****/19 www.decanter.com (May 2006)
Opulent and flamboyant are the two words that come to mind with this wine. Aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big, chewy tannins (yet they are refined and silky) and a long, long finish. This is a full-throttle Palmer. Superripe and delicious. Rating: 95-100 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2006)
Very dark crimson. Lift and perfume. Very supple start, with sweetness and quite obvious Cabernet Sauvignon rigour (53 per cent) plus seven per cent Petit Verdot. A bit severe with sandy tannins on the finish. Just a little hole on the mid palate at the moment. Well crafted but I wouldn't have minded just a little more acidity. 14 per cent - without chaptalisation of course - a record for Palmer. Beautiful texture and winemaking; I'm just looking for a little more flavour at this point. 2016-30 Rating: 17.5+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2006)
A classic vin de garde as well as a Palmer for the ages, the 2005 will last for 40-50 years. Representing 50% of the production, it is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful bouquet of flowers, cassis, spice box, forest floor, and subtle wood. Boasting extraordinary intensity, a huge entry on the palate, full body, high tannin, and good underlying acidity, this is a massive as well as exquisitely elegant, pure effort. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+. Rating: 94-96 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2006)
Margaux Troisième cru 1855 What is now Château Palmer was originally part of a larger Château d'Issan but was divided among heirs and came into the ownership of the Gascq family in 1748. The widow of the last of the Gascqs, in 1814, and apparently having met him on a stagecoach, sold the estate to an Englishman, General Charles Palmer, and Château de Gascq became Château Palmer. He extended the estate and built quite a reputation for his wines (especially in London) but financial difficulties forced him to sell up in 1843 and, by the time of the 1855 classification, the reputation of Château Palmer had slipped sufficiently to rate "only" 3rd Growth status - a status it has exceded for most of its subsequent history. The present château was built at the end of the 1850's. In 1938 the Société Civile de Château Palmer was formed to take ownership of the estate, with the Sichel and Mähler-Besse families as leading shareholders, a situation which persists to this day. Château Palmer sits between Margaux and Cantenac, just east of Issan. The 55ha of vines are planted to 47% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with the balance being Petit Verdot. The Grand Vin spends 21 months in wood (45% new). The second wine is Alter Ego de Château Palmer. In the best years of General Palmer's reign, the wines of Château Palmer were regarded on a par with those of Château Margaux and, indeed, during the worst years of the 1960's Palmer probably had a better reputation. Today, despite huge improvements by its neighbours, Palmer sits very squarely as the leading Margaux estate that isn't actually Château Margaux.
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