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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Pork Roast with Sausage & Fruit and Nut Stuffing

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 1983

After cold, damp weather in the first 5 months of the year, June was warm and dry so that flowering took place in excellent conditions. A heatwave in July was followed by warm, damp weather in August that unfortunately encouraged the spread of diseases. Thankfully, September was dry and hot, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. After a string of hot, sunny days at the end of the month and into early October, sugar levels were similar if not superior to those in 1982.Thanks to Palmer’s exceptional terroir, 1983 produced concentrated wines with ripe tannins that have retained all their richness and vigour.

Harvest dates: from 09/28/1983 to 10/13/1983

Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon: 53%
Merlot: 41%
Cabernet Franc: 4%
Petit Verdot: 2%

Tasting

Tasting notes from Enrico Bernardo, 12/01/2011:

Limpid, garnet-red colour.
Complex, but still reticent. Good potential. Hints of mushrooms, red fruit jam, raspberry, sweet spices, rose petals, and gentle on the nose.
Round, mature, smooth, and intense with excellent tannin. Long aftertaste with a gentle retro-nasal effect. An aristocratic wine.

Tasting notes from Georges Lepré, 02/04/2009:

The wine’s garnet color is still quite intense, showing only faint reddish-brown hints.

After being in contact with the air, the bouquet shows a large aromatic palate. Notes of mild spices, mocha, musk and cedar wood, quickly follow the imposing aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and prunes.

An opulent fruit and an impeccable freshness, which highlight the wine’s mellow aspect, compliment the very mature tannin structure. It all comes together magnificently and shows real personality before finishing with notes of licorice and violets.

The balance and irresistible charm of this vintage lets one imagine that it should keep until 2020…at the very least.

Press Review

The Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff LEVE, 06/13/2010
« This still looks young! Cassis, dark berries, flowers, coffee and five spice aromas put the spring in the aromatics step. Full bodied and packed with layers of silky, elegant, ripe fruit. The tannins are ripe and round. The long finish fills your mouth with purity, intensity of flavor, velvet laced textures, freshness and balance. This stunning Bordeaux wine ends with a long, ripe, plush, fresh blackberry filled finish. This special wine keeps getting better every time I taste it. Still young, this will age and improve for decades. »

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

18 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Long, Spicy and Lingering

flavors

Tobacco, Blackcurrant, Toasty, Cedar and Vegetal

nose

Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Multi-dimensional, Well-structured, Medium-bodied, Ripe, Fresh and Silky tannins

Written Notes

The 1983 Palmer was neck and neck with the Margaux, although I didn’t get a chance to write a complete note. The first ‘Ganbei’ of the night struck. For those of you who don’t know what it means, it means ‘bottoms up.’ Yes, it seems a bit inappropriate when it comes to fine and rare wine, but the power of the Ganbei is greater. If in China, and someone says it, I highly recommend that you drink up. When with the Chairman, it is mandatory (95).
  • 95p
After the cold, damp weather in the first 5 months of the year, June was warm and dry and the flowering took place under excellent conditions. A heatwave in July was followed by warm, damp weather in August that unfortunately encouraged the spread of disease. Thankfully, September was dry and hot, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. After a string of hot, sunny days at the end of the month and into early October, the sugar levels were similar if not superior to those in 1982. A medium-intense, tawny red colour. Complex developed aromas of farmyard, mocha, tobacco, cedar and black currants. Medium-bodied palate with stalky tannins, fleshy ripe dark fruit and spicy, toasty cigar aromas with vegetal nuances of canned bamboo shoots. An opulent wine with a long, persistent, lean finish with chewy tannins.
  • 94p
96,"The bouquet is still spectacular with malt, coffee, truffles. On the palate sweet chocolate, underwood, coffee. A real beauty."
  • 96p
Usually a great Palmer, there was some cork taint on the nose. I was unconvinced after tasting that the wine was much compromised. In fact it continued to develop and improve, though it wasn’t a pristine showing. Beneath the slight mustiness and presumed cork taint, you could still discern aromas of black cherry, cedar, some cigar ash and coffee perhaps. A full bodied opening with sweet fruit was beguiling and took you by positive surprise; it then lacked some balance on the mid palate, with a little too much leather and meat. But the dark berries, fruit and lively Palmer Cabernet/Merlot regalia were back on the finish, which remained just a little short. 89-90 Points
  • 90p

Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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