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  • Country ranking ?

    2 994
  • Producer ranking ?

    31
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Rib Eye Steaks with Demi-Glace and White Bean Purée

The Story

Vintage after vintage, the wines of Château Palmer express our vision of an exceptional wine. We believe that it is born of the mysterious trilogy – terroir, history, memory – and all of our efforts are concentrated on bringing it into the world. Distinction, high standards and commitment are the values that guide every choice we make from the vineyard to the table where the wine is served.


Knowing
Knowing your terroir, your grapes, and your wines – this is a threefold enterprise of patient observation. What seems to be a given is in fact a matter of exacting standards at every moment. To know the terroir you have to become intimately familiar with it. We strive to know the grape variety, subsoil, and exposure of each and every plot but also of each and every row within the plot, as we regard every vine as a unique individual. To know our grapes well, we closely monitor their development until maturity. To know our wines, we taste the batches, the vats, the barrels, and the bottles again and again.


Understanding
Progress in œnology has provided us with insight into the development of wines. Progress in agronomy has given us a better understanding of the life of our vineyards. This makes for more precision in our interventions as much in the winery as in the vineyards. Applying the best technical innovations in a spirit of reconciliation between science and craftsmanship, we use all relevant means to reveal the unique character of the Palmer terroir with each new vintage.


Creating
With the grapes that nature offers us, our job is to create the best possible wine. Is this craftsmanship or artistry? No doubt both. Like skilled craftspeople that love their trade, we select and blend the batches with meticulous care. And like artists, we let ourselves be swept away by the work that is born, as it imposes itself upon our will, surprises, amazes and transcends us.


Kindling desire
Ultimately our goal is to make Château Palmer wines as desirable as can be. To achieve this, everything we do, whether we work in the vineyard, the winery, or in the offices, is informed by high standards and a sense of detail Nothing is left to chance, not the choice of paper for a label, or that of an etching for the wood crates, or of a theme for a reception. 

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Vintage 1959

Characteristics of the Palmer 1959 vintage

A truly outstanding vintage and the first to be qualified as “the vintage of the century”.

Flowering took place in excellent conditions thanks to fine, mild weather in spring. July was hot and dry with exceptionally high temperatures. The dry weather continued in August and this led to widespread vine stress. As a result, the ripening process slowed down considerably until some welcome rainfall came in mid September. Throughout the harvest the weather remained fine and dry.

1959 was a hot, dry year that produced powerful, full-bodied wines. They are rich and opulent in style, with intense colour and low acidity.

Harvest dates: from 09/21/1959 to 10/07/1959

www.cellartracker.com, Eric Levine, 06/01/2006
« Smoky, sultry, WOW what a nose!!! Mmm, the palate entry is spicy, cedar, some Asian Five Spice, very sharp and intense. And as intense as it was when you first sipped it, this was utterly seamless across the palate, unreal, just unreal texture. This was my preferred wine of the flight, and wow what a treat!!!
»

The Vine, Clive Coates, 04/01/2004
« Superior to Château Margaux itself, which is elegant, refined and fragrant, though now showing a bit of age, is Palmer, another of the stars of the vintage. This is a wine of great finesse and complexity, a lovely subtle, fruity, velvety bottle, which still has a fine future ahead of it.
Medium-full, mature colour. Splendidly rich, complex nose. This is even better than Château Margaux, good as it is. It is richer, fatter and more old viney. Though the colour is less intense, this is more profound and more vigorous at the end. Super. »

Engagement, JNT, 01/01/2001
« The 59 is an interesting bottle. The two I have were bottled in the UK (as I believe was common practice during that time). We opened this one to celebrate our engaugement.
After decanting and blowing off the usual old wine funk smell this wine opened up after about 30 minutes in the glass to reveal Palmers trademark floral notes- with hints of fruit and subtle nuances of terroir in the background-mushrooms, grains, etc., a wonderful balance across the palate incorperated with a stable/soft tannins...followed by a lengty finish of about 25 seconds. This is one of the most outstanding Palmers I have had. It has the guts to last another 30 years easily. If only I could find more. »

Bordeaux Total, René Gabriel, 12/01/1998
« Un rouge rubis clair d'une évolution moyenne. Au nez un grand Bourgogne, des dattes, des cynorrhodons. En bouche fin juteux, mais plutôt mince et accentuant sur la finesse, une finale virevolante.

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Tasting note

color

Full and Healthy

ending

Long, Spicy and Flavorful

flavors

Blackcurrant, Smoky, Meaty and Mineral

nose

Youthful, Complex and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Complex, Round, Rich, Full and Sweet

Written Notes

A 1959 Palmer was ‘stinky in the best possible way,’ according to Sarah. Additional aromas of cigar, tobacco, yeast and crusted red meat with a sea-like twist made up its unique nose. The palate was good but a little underwhelming after the Petrus and Ausone

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At Château Palmer, flowering took place in excellent conditions thanks to fine mild weather in the spring. July was hot and dry with exceptionally high temperatures. The dry weather continued in August and this led to widespread vine stress. As a result, the ripening process slowed down considerably until some welcome rainfall came in mid-September. Throughout the harvest the weather remained fine and dry. A good-looking château-bottled magnum. Level was high-shoulder. Decanted two hours. Full, healthy and vital colour. Voluptuous, rich and youthful on the nose. Real class and complexity. Beautifully soft and round on the palate. Well-structured with nicely balanced tannins and impressive underpinning acidity. Loads of blackcurrant, sweet fruit and gentle spiciness. Very inviting, rich and long. This beauty will still hold up for a decade or two.
  • 96p
L'Acheteur negociant bottling. Top shoulder fill. Cork stated nothing. Bright garnet, brick rim. Scented, liquorice, floral and a touch of mint on the nose. Red berries. Fresh acidity, drying palate, dusty and unpleasant, dry finish. Again it ads with air, getting more body.
  • 86p

Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass time

1h

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Palmer 1959  ( Château Palmer )

A 1959 Palmer was ‘stinky in the best possible way,’ according to Sarah. Additional aromas of cigar, tobacco, yeast and crusted red meat with a sea-like twist made up its unique nose. The palate was good but a little underwhelming after the Petrus and Ausone

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Palmer 1959  ( Château Palmer )

"At Château Palmer, flowering took place in excellent conditions thanks to fine mild weather in the spring. July was hot and dry with exceptionally high temperatures. The dry weather continued in August and this led to widespread vine stress. As a result, the ripening process slowed down considerably until some welcome rainfall came in mid-September. Throughout the harvest the weather remained fine and dry.
A good-looking château-bottled magnum. Level was high-shoulder. Decanted two hours. Full, healthy and vital colour. Voluptuous, rich and youthful on the nose. Real class and complexity. Beautifully soft and round on the palate. Well-structured with nicely balanced tannins and impressive underpinning acidity. Loads of blackcurrant, sweet fruit and gentle spiciness. Very inviting, rich and long. This beauty will still hold up for a decade or two.
"

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Palmer 1959  ( Château Palmer )

"L'Acheteur negociant bottling. Top shoulder fill. Cork stated nothing. Bright garnet, brick rim. Scented, liquorice, floral and a touch of mint on the nose. Red berries. Fresh acidity, drying palate, dusty and unpleasant, dry finish. Again it ads with air, getting more body. "

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Palmer 1959  ( Château Palmer )

"A 1959 Palmer was rather disappointing, as this wine can be much better. It had a forward, heady nose with lots of saucy blood and vitamins in its nose. The palate was smooth and easy, and although there was excellent acidity in this bottle, it wasn’t special, and we had had too many great wines to dilly dally now (90)."

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