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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 1966

1966 is an outstanding year for very classic and delicate wines. However, the year started out as anything but promising. The major rainfall that started at the end of June continued into July, but the hot start to August dried the soil and the weather gradually improved toward autumn, until it was nearly perfect for the harvest.

These wines share a truly classic, graceful and high-quality character so typical of Bordeaux wines, thus making them elegant and well balanced. Today many of these are still good. If carefully stored, many of the best wines may still mature, but the following rule of thumb should be observed: drink or sell them off immediately. In our opinion, this is one of the finest vintages that can be purchased today. Nearly all the AOC wines are still in excellent condition, and the top examples, such as the Palmer, Latour, Haut-Brion, Lafleur and Pétrus, are excellent. There is a wide selection of nicely priced First, Second and Third growth wines on the market. For example, the Cos d’Estournel, Calon-Ségur and Lynch-Bages offer an exceptional price-quality ratio. As a rule, a one hour decanting is sufficient.

Price trends for this vintage no longer show any significant upward movement – the increase in price over the past ten years has been around 55%. The rise in price will continue alongside the maturation of top wines perhaps until 2010, when any wines still surviving should be removed from the cellar and sold or drunk immediately.


Characteristics of the Palmer 1966 vintage

One of the finest vintages of the decade.

At the beginning of June, the vines flowered quickly and evenly although after this growth was hampered by rain in June. August was fine but cool, which delayed the véraison and slowed down the ripening process. Fortunately, at the end of August the weather changed for the better and warm dry conditions during the whole of September produced ripe, healthy grapes. 1996 wines are classic and long-lived, with fresh acidity and elegant fruit.

Harvest dates: from 09/24/1966 to 10/07/1966

Blend

Merlot: 50%
Cabernet Sauvignon: 22%
Petit Verdot: 16%
Cabernet Franc: 12%

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep

ending

Long and Smooth

flavors

Truffles

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Concentrated, Well-structured, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Rich, Fresh and Sweet

Written Notes

A magnum of 1966 Palmer was beautiful and classic, long and feminine and gorgeous. It still had edge and a lot of slate on its finish

  • 96p
At the beginning of June, the vines flowered quickly and evenly. After this, in June, the growth was hampered by heavy rain. August was fine but cool, which delayed the véraison and slowed down the ripening process. Fortunately, at the end of August, the weather changed for the better. Warm dry conditions during the whole of September produced ripe and healthy grapes. 1966 wines are classic and long-lived, with fresh acidity and elegant fruit. Bottle was in A1 condition. Level by the neck. Decanted for one hour. Mature, dark red colour. Quite an old-style nose, but very stylish and sweet with aromas of sweet black fruits. This medium-bodied and concentrated wine shows excellent balance between smooth tannin, wood aromas and sweet, delicious fruit. Rich and silky, a perfect combination of beautiful flavours of autumn berries, fragrant bittersweet fruits and fresh truffles. Sweet, voluptuous and long aftertaste. One of the best old-style Palmer ever made. Only the 1961 is more intense and powerful.
  • 98p

The first thing strikes me is the beautiful aroma of truffles, chocolate and cherries. Very Merlot for sure! It's obvious, that this wine is Bordeaux, but which Bank? My first impression is Right Bank, somewhere in the 60's. But it wasn't Right Bank and my friend who offered this wine, leaded me to a Left Bank wine with some good percentage of Merlot. Château Margaux maybe, eh..... Nope, it's the neighbor, Château Palmer 1966! Very stylish, classy wine with striking elegance and finesse, exquisite balance and soft aftertaste. A thrill to drink.

  • 95p

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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Palmer 1966  ( Château Palmer )

A magnum of 1966 Palmer was beautiful and classic, long and feminine and gorgeous. It still had edge and a lot of slate on its finish

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Palmer 1966  ( Château Palmer )

The first thing strikes me is the beautiful aroma of truffles, chocolate and cherries. Very Merlot for sure! It's obvious, that this wine is Bordeaux, but which Bank? My first impression is Right Bank, somewhere in the 60's. But it wasn't Right Bank and my friend who offered this wine, leaded me to a Left Bank wine with some good percentage of Merlot. Château Margaux maybe, eh..... Nope, it's the neighbor, Château Palmer 1966! Very stylish, classy wine with striking elegance and finesse, exquisite balance and soft aftertaste. A thrill to drink.

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Palmer 1966  ( Château Palmer )

","Silky and elegant, truffle, underwood, earth, smoke. This is gorgeous." "

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Palmer 1966  ( Château Palmer )

"At the beginning of June, the vines flowered quickly and evenly. After this, in June, the growth was hampered by heavy rain. August was fine but cool, which delayed the véraison and slowed down the ripening process. Fortunately, at the end of August, the weather changed for the better. Warm dry conditions during the whole of September produced ripe and healthy grapes. 1966 wines are classic and long-lived, with fresh acidity and elegant fruit.
Bottle was in A1 condition. Level by the neck. Decanted for one hour. Mature, dark red colour. Quite an old-style nose, but very stylish and sweet with aromas of sweet black fruits. This medium-bodied and concentrated wine shows excellent balance between smooth tannin, wood aromas and sweet, delicious fruit. Rich and silky, a perfect combination of beautiful flavours of autumn berries, fragrant bittersweet fruits and fresh truffles. Sweet, voluptuous and long aftertaste. One of the best old-style Palmer ever made. Only the 1961 is more intense and powerful.
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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Palmer 1966  ( Château Palmer )

"Berry Bros & Rudd bottled, darker red foil, lower neck fill. Cork states Berry Bros Rudd LTD London. Bright garnet, brick rim. Beautiful floral, cherries and red berries nose. Scented, layered and nuanced. Gorgeous nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and lively, very elegant, quite refined, playful, slightly drying finish, but very refreshing and more so with air. "

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