2010 Palmer



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Average critic rating : 96.28 points

98

98

The 2010 Palmer is one of the superstars of the vintage, a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, which is just slightly different than what I indicated two years ago. The alcohol level hit 14.5%, and the wine comes across like a more stacked-and-packed version of their 2000. It is tannic and backward, but has a sensational black/purple color and a gorgeous nose of camphor, barbecue smoke, blackberry and cassis. Full-bodied, with oodles of glycerin but a relatively healthy pH, this wine has a precision and freshness that belie its lofty alcohol and extravagant concentration. This is a sensationally rich, full-throttle Palmer that could well end up being one of the all-time great wines made at this estate. It needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 50 or more years. ||There’s no question that Thomas Duroux and the staff at Palmer are producing wines of first-growth quality, and have been for nearly a decade. Wine Advocate.February, 2013

92-94

92-94

The 2010 Palmer is a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, delivering 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.65. This has a very pure bouquet where the Cabernet Sauvignon is again, dominating the aromatics: blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of graphite. The palate is full-bodied with mineral-rich black fruits, very linear and focused, but there is just a touch of alcohol blurring the finish and taken the edge off it its precision. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com

97-98

97-98

This nose is crazy with treacle tart, dark fruits, spices and milk chocolate. I was in a state of amazement tasting this. Full bodied and very powerful with wonderful ripe tannins and intense nuts and dark chocolate on the palate. This is more powerful than 2009. I am blown away.jamessuckling.com

95-98

95-98

This dense red offers a big core of currant, plum and cassis, with lots of buried violet and anise. Really loaded on the back end, this is very muscular, but still velvety. Features saturated fruit on the finish, but stays restrained. Should be very long-lived. Tasted non-blind. James Molesworth, winespectator.com

18

18

54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Very dark purple. Amazingly sweet and luscious on the nose. Incredibly sweet and distinctive – pure pleasure at first. Very round and luscious and has massive polish. Incredibly open at this stage – will it close up, I wonder? But underneath, a great stew of tannins lurk..! Great freshness but no leafiness. This is already carrying the Palmer hallmark in spades and its only on the finish that one sees the strong vintage character. Nothing excessive. pH 3.65. 14.5% jancisrobinson.com

19.5

19.5

Superb richness and already showing a velvety texture, wonderful freshness and flavours that keep on growing, a magnificent Palmer. Drink 2020-50. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

18

18

The 2010 was very dark to a carmine edge at the translucent meniscus. 2009’s dark fruits, spice and almost resinous elements were present again in 2010, as well as quite high tannins. But the structure seemed sounder, heavily laden with black cherries, blackcurrants, liquorice, and cinnamon, as well as flint and slate, adding minerality to a fairly long finish. Talk of glasses at the château brought up a remark from the winemaker that the micazar, a glass with a very wide open bowl, allowed the spices to escape, whereas a normal glass issued the fruits. The 2010 is made up of 48% Merlot, 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, and has 14.5% alcohol.This will need 10 years to develop, reaching its peak in the mid century.

96-98

96-98

Palmer From an assemblage of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol. The beautiful, deep, purple color is almost opaque. Floral aromas are complicated with cassis, coffee, smoke, truffle, earth and boysenberry scents which jump from the glass. With intense purity, tannins that feel like hand polished silk and a beautiful, pure, long, harmonious rich finish, there is not a hard edge to be found. This opulent wine is a treat for the senses. winecellarinsider.com

95-97

95-97

The deep ruby and gorgeous 2010 Palmer exudes aromas of violets, plums and blackberries, supported by wonderful layers of vibrant fruit and spice flavours and fine velvety tannins. This Palmer has somehow been made in a cooler, fresher style despite having the highest-ever recorded levels of alcohol (14.5%) and tannin. asianpalate.com

18.5-19

18.5-19

A very pretty nose of cassis, violets, limestone. Very fresh a very linear - a very grown-up Palmer! This is a sensational 2010, supremly elegant and with vibrant tigling minerality at the end. I have one very slight question-mark about the density of the fruit towards the finish: I'd like to see just a little more space in the fruit but I fancy this may just be the concentration of the tannins which I think will melt and open up in time.



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Chateau Palmer: The Importance

In the words of Robert Parker: “Palmer can be as profound as many first growths, and in vintages such as 1961, 1966, 1067, 1970, 1975, 1983, 1989, 1995, 2001, 2004, and 2005 it can be better than many of them.” Judging by recent scores from Wine Advocate 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 would all likely vie to feature on that list too.

 

In fact in some years Château Palmer has surpassed the dominance of the First Growths, as Neal Martin explains: “There have been periods in history when Château Palmer has gently eased the crown from the head of Château Margaux to become the most esteemed wine within the commune.” He goes on to denounce its ranking in the 1855 Classification: “Few would argue that its status as a Third Growth does complete injustice to Palmer's wines over the last four decades, particularly since its immortal 1961 vintage [100 points, Neal Martin] practically invented the term ‘super-Second’.”

 

Château Palmer has cemented its position in the very top echelon of fine wine’s greats. At time of writing, the innovative wine rating website Wine Lister placed Palmer only a fraction behind Le Pin, on a scale of Bordeaux wines, with a scoring system based on critic data, distribution, popularity, ageing-potential, price and liquidity. The high esteem this brand is held in was proven by a barrel of 2015 Palmer selling at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong for HK$3m, six times its expected value.


Chateau Palmer: The Insight

A consistently high-scoring Margaux, the Grand Vin is one of the most sought-after and iconic wines in the world. The quantity produced has been dramatically reduced since the introduction of Alter Ego de Palmer (around 10,000 cases per year), making it harder to get one’s hands on. The high Merlot content makes Palmer unique on the Left Bank, although the die-hard fans would say that this is the true taste of Margaux.

 

Alter Ego de Palmer (around 8,000 cases per year) is a second label not a second wine, although many still view it that way. The launch of this label boosted the quality of Palmer’s Grand Vin and also provides an accessible way to experience this incredible winery. Jeff Leve, of The Wine Cellar Insider, says: “If a reclassification ever took place, it would certainly deserve Fourth Growth Status.”

 

Château Palmer also occasionally produces Palmer Historical XIX Century Wine – a nod to a nineteenth century tradition of bolstering Bordeaux varietals with ripeness from the Northern Rhône, in this case 15% Syrah – and a white made from Muscadelle, Loset and Sauvignon Gris. Production of these wines is only around 100 cases, they are therefore rarely seen.

 

Palmer owns Château Desmirail in Margaux, which again offers a very affordable insight into this brand.
 

Chateau Palmer: The Background

Originally part of Château d’Issan, the vineyards were separated and what is now Château Palmer became Château de Gascq. Owner Madame de Gascq, who apparently boasted that her wines were as good as Lafite’s, sold the property to Charles Palmer, a British field officer in the Duke of Wellington’s army. Pulling on his charm and connections to the Prince Regent, he managed to increase the size and standing of the estate considerably. When he died Château Palmer passed to the Pereire family, banker brothers and rivals of the Rothschilds, who built the famous conical roofed château and vastly elevated the status of the estate, unfortunately not quite in time for the 1855 Classifications. The Pereire brothers were forced to sell under the combined weight of The Great Depression, phylloxera and war. The site was rescued by a number of families, two of which still form the majority shareholders today: Mähler-Besse and Sichel.

 

Winemaking is currently carried out by Thomas Duroux, formerly of Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia, who has over seen many of the greatest vintages produced. The 66 hectare site located on the gravel plateau in the centre of Margaux has moved to biodynamic farming. Thomas Duroux says: "The biodynamic approach gives more identity in each block, and we can understand the diversity and adapt the winemaking." Cabernet Franc has been removed and the 40 year old vines are formed of a roughly even split of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon plus around 6% Petit Verdot.

 



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