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Chateau Palmer

Chateau Palmer
Chateau Palmer

Chateau Palmer, a troisieme grand cru classified Margaux estate has a rich history, especially relating to French and English political relations.
Charles Palmer, aide to the future Duke of Wellington, met the young French widow, Jeanne de Gasq, during a campaign, while in Paris. At the time, madame de Gasq was looking for a buyer of her inherited vineyards close to Chateau Lafite in the town of Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux.
Charles Palmer (1777 – 1851) decided to buy the property in 1814 and started acquiring surrounding buildings and small properties for the following five years. He thought big and had big plans.

Eventually, Charles Palmer, who in the meantime was promoted to major general, had to sell his vineyards. Since then, several enterprising bankers and merchants bought Chateau Palmer, and initiated improvements to the vineyards and buildings.

In 1938, four Bordeaux wine merchants joined forces to buy equal shares of the estate – Fernand Ginestet,Mialihe Brothers, the Mahler-Besses, and the Sichels.

Two of the families left the company, and today Sichels and Mahler Besses own 33 per cent each, and 17 investors the remainder. Today, the 55 hectare estate is managed by the Societe Civile du Chateau Palmer.

The 1865 Bordeaux chateau classification ranked Chateau Palmer in the third group of Grand Cru Classe. (Bordeaux contains today more than 9000 chateaux (estates), and to be classified as one of the best in a group of 65 estates shows how important that property is for its wines). Merlot (47 per cent), cabernet sauvignon (47) and petit verdot (6) make up the composition of plantings. There are 10 000 vines per hectare. The average age of vines is 40 years.

The Societe Civile Du Chateau Palmer manages the 55-hectare estate. Grapes are hand harvested, sorted after arrival in the winery, crushed ad fermented on controlled-temperature stainless-steel tanks by variety and by batch.

The grand cru blend is aged for 20 – 21 months in barrels, the second labels (Alter Ego) for 17 months. The estate produces an average of 9000 cases of grand cru, and 7000 cases of Alter Ego. Recently, the Ontario agent organized a wine tasting for the trade.

Alter Ego, 2008
Beautiful luminescent red in colour. Aromas of plums and red berries dominate. Full bodied, superbly balanced with a long afetrtaste. Ready to enjoy.
90/100
$ 139.00

Chateau Palmer, 2004
Intense purple-ruby in colour. Aromas of dark berries dominate, underlined by smoke, and cinnamon. Perfectly balanced, juicy, and supremely elegant. Ready to enjoy, but can be cellared for another decade.
92/100
$ 415.00

Chateau Palmer 1999
Intense ruby –red in colour. Aromas of raspberries, peppers, and cherries on the nose. Elegant, well balanced, solid, and with a remarkable depth of layered flavours.
90/100
Magnum $ 889.00

Chateau Palmer, 1995
Brilliant ruby-red. Fruity (blackcurrants, blackberries, figs, prunes, sandalwood), with cedar undertones. Elegant, refined and balanced mid palate. A superbly crafted wine with a long and satisfying aftertaste.
92/100
$ 529.00

Chateau Palmer 1963
Limpid garnet colour. Aromas of raspberries, spices, rose petals, and mushrooms are noticeable. Well balanced, full bodied and eminently enjoyable. Pair with roast rack of lamb, roast leg of lamb, aged chesses, veal cutlets.
92/100
$ 1479.00

Historical 19th Century Wine 2007
Note: Up to the 19th century some Bordeaux estates blended a small amount of Hermitage wines from northern Rhone Valley into their blends for colour and intensity. When appellation controlee laws came into effect at the beginning of the 20th century, this practice had to be abandoned. )

This wine is classified as a Vin de France that allows blending French wine from anywhere in the country.

Intense ruby red with purple highlights. Smells of vanilla, raspberries, red currants, and bay leafs stand out. Beautifully balanced, intense with attractive freshness. A powerful wine with a long aftertaste.
91/100
$ 499.00

Also available, but not tasted vintages; 1961, 1975, 1966, 19780, 1975, 1981 magnum, 1982, 1989, 1990 magnum, 1996, 1998, magnum, 1999 magnum, 2000 magnum, 2001, magnum, 2003 magnum, 2005.

For orders contact euro vintage international, Toronto
Frank Rey fray@eurovintage.com
telephone 416 662 0031

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