The 2022 Ch. Palmer is magnificent. It’s more compact and more structured than the Alter Ego, as you would expect, yet also has impressive aromatics. Bright, floral, spicy notes mingle with Cabernet-led graphite minerality. The fruit clarity is exceptionally pure. Palmer was one of the few to push levels of extraction in this vintage where structure and concentration was not an issue. To do this without losing balance was only possible if the fruit was perfect and the risk paid off, following strict picking over a longer than normal harvest period. The wine has great depth and structure, but above all, it is very pure and seamlessly integrated. It is outstanding. 14.4% alcohol. Blend: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
William Kelley, Wine Advocate
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As is the case at neighbor Château Margaux, the 2022 Palmer is one of the most powerful wines this estate has ever produced. A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, it offers up aromas of blackberries, burning embers, violets, iris and sweet soil tones, followed by a full-bodied, broad and expansive palate, its velvety attack segueing into a rich and layered core. Supple, seamless and concentrated, it checks in at 14.4% alcohol and a rather high pH of 3.79.
So much class in the nose with a sophisticated kaleidoscope of dark fruit such as blackcurrants, and spices such as salt and pepper, as well as cloves and nutmeg. Full-bodied. Compacted and dense yet weightless. It opens beautifully. The tannins go on and on with wonderful presence. Salty undertones.
Crimson hue. Genuine expression of fruit. Touch of spicy complexity. Dense but lots of vitality and energy. Beautiful texture with tannins that drive the wine. Great definition. Long on the finish. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. 22 hl/ha. Cask sample.
About the producer
Ch. Palmer is one of the finest producers in Bordeaux. The Margaux Third Growth is known for its significant plantings of old-vine Merlot, typically representing a large portion of the blend and responsible for the generous and supple style Ch. Palmer is known for.