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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.