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The use of new oak was also cut back in order to emphasize the fruit aspects of the wine. Consequently, the 2013 Palmer is an easygoing, fruit-forward, fresh, pure wine with no vegetal characteristics or astringent tannins. This opaque purple-colored, medium-bodied, plush 2013 preserves some of its Margaux typicity even in this tough vintage. Drink it over the next decade. Palmer’s administrator, Thomas Duroux, realized that 2013 was going to be a year requiring huge amounts of labor and a draconian-like selection. Only 3,800 cases of 2013 Palmer were produced from a blend of 49% Merlot and 51% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2014-2024 Rating: 87-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
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(51% cabernet sauvignon and 49% merlot; 33% selection for the grand vin; 25 hl/ha): Ruby-red; obviously much darker than the Alter Ego. Deep aromas of ripe black cherry, cedar and cocoa. Then rich, dense and suave on the palate, with an almost unctuous quality and terrific persistence to the pure blackcurrant, flint and floral flavors. Smoothly tannic and very pure, this is an absolutely memorable Palmer, especially in the context of the vintage. "A Palmer without merlot is not a Palmer," says Duroux, who chose not to eliminate too much of the merlot from the final blend; one gets the feeling all the dilute stuff went into the Alter Ego. Rating: 89-92 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)
Rich on the nose there is depth a mix of black fruits on the start of the palate. The tannins are fine structured but not too obvious with the sweetness at the back balanced by red fruited freshness. The finish is fine long with elegance and charm. 2020-30 Rating: 91-94 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)
There was no Petit Verdot in 2013 (the blend was 49% Merlot and 51% Cabernet Sauvignon), but this is still an impressive, deeply coloured Palmer made in a classic Margaux style. Spicy, medium weight and silkily tannin with subtle black fruits and fresh acidity. 2018-28 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2014)
(51 Cabernet Sauvignon, 49 Merlot) There is much more volume and richness on the nose than the second wine Alter Ego (see below) but unfortunately its accompanied by dusty tannins and too many green notes! Granted the colour is dark and glossy thanks to the lower than normal fermentation temperatures but I can’t see it balancing out fully. They are using 60% new oak and reckon on only 16 months to retain freshness. There is very little production (3800 cases) this year. Aside from the velvety Burgundian texture and black cherry fruit this is not an overly complex wine but it is very pretty. Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2014)
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot. 50% new oak. Dark, meaty, dense fruit. Pretty tense and compact on the palate. There is a certain lightness here, but the Margaux style suits this reasonably well. Less expressive than the Alter Ego, and with just the faintest touch of bitterness. Gentle sandiness to the tannin. Drink 2020-2033. Rating: 17.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2014)
This has a good mouthfilling feel, with dark plum and blackberry fruit layered with charcoal, roasted cedar and dark tobacco leaf notes. The structure is there, but it’s nicely folded in on the finish, with a smoldering iron note. Rating: 90–93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)
Very good depth of fruit, almost severe for Palmer, described as 'super precise, what nature gave us'. Very good for the long term Drink: 2019-2030. Rating: 17.75 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)
A blend of 49% Merlot and 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Palmer 2013 certainly has more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the Alter Ego. A little more opulent, there is a sense of plushness typical of Palmer with oodles of black cherries, cassis and blueberries - hints of dried violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. The acidity is nicely judged with a fine masculine, swarthy finish that shows more length than the Alter Ego. This is a good effort from the Palmer team - what you might call a "swish" Margaux in the making. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)
Dark red cherry, plum, cloves and menthol wrap around the palate in the 2013 Palmer, a wine that impresses for its richness and resonance, within the context of the year, of course. The 2013 is a very pretty Palmer that should drink well early. Violets, flowers and cassis notes linger on the gentle, perfumed finish. The blend is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot. Rating: 90-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2014)
This is very solid for the vintage, with blackberry, dark chocolate and blackcurrants. Full body with firm, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Muscular wine for the vintage. 51% cabernet sauvignon and 49% merlot. 3,800 cases of this wine compared to 9,000 in a normal year. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)
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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