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Château Palmer 2018

Château Palmer is a leading wine estate in Margaux. Although officially ranked a Third Growth, at their best, the wines of Chateau Palmer are among the greatest anywhere in Bordeaux. Thanks to the health and consistency of the estate’s biodynamically produced fruit, Palmer has been able, to safely reduce the quantity of sulfites added throughout the process, aiming to produce wines with more freshness and purity of flavor. 

Grape Varieties: 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot

Wine Region: Margaux, Bordeaux, France

Tasting Notes: Black fruit and floral scents, crushed violet and incense that knock your senses sideways while retaining brilliant delineation and focus. The palate is not quite as bold and brassy as when I tasted it from barrel, though I can vouchsafe that among over 20 vintages of Palmer that I have tasted at this stage, this is easily the most extroverted and powerful, displaying a kind of millefeuille of intense black fruit counterpoised by a razor-sharp line of acidity. This audacious Palmer was still revving its engines 48 hours after opening. There will never be another Palmer like this, sui generis. It was a massive risk. But by throwing caution to the wind, something extraordinary was born. Drink 2030 - 2070

Food Pairing: Camembert cheese with prosciutto

Ratings: 

  • Robert Parker for Wine Advocate 98/100
  • Decanter 100/100
  • Wine Spectator 98/100
  • James Suckling 98/100