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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 2000

Characteristics of the vintage
Due to the particularly damp and humid conditions that prevailed in spring, all vine growers were particularly vigilant in the first part of the year. In fact, summer only really came in mid July, although from then the grapes ripened gently and slowly.
Drought conditions persisted right up to harvest time and although the levels of sugar did not quite reach those of 1999, the richness and maturity of the phenolic compounds was astonishing.

The quality of the fruit, along with immensely ripe tannins and sufficient acidity have produced a truly great Margaux with a long life expectancy.

Harvest dates: from 09/21/2000 to 10/07/2000

Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon: 53%
Merlot: 47%


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

Rich, concentrated ruby-red colour with deep purple highlights.
Starting to show its age on the nose, featuring overtones of graphite, plum, and eucalyptus.
Classic flavour profile with a tannic aftertaste. Rich and somewhat astringent, but above all tannic and long.

Tasting notes from Georges Lepré, 02/04/2012:

Very deep purple

Powerful, imperious, complex nose with notes of black currant, plum, crystallized fruit, spices, smoke, cigar box, cedar, leather, mint and forest floor.

Attacks with an imposing palate, then sumptuous very high quality tannins take over enrobed in gorgeous ripe fruit – the whole sustained by impeccable freshness. The lovely richness persists to the long particularly tasty finish.

Historical in every respect, this vintage is already enjoyable. It will retain all its seductive powers for at least thirty years. Must be decanted two hours before serving.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2012 2010
292€ +8.6% 269€ -3.9% 280€ +1.4% 276€ +12.7% 245€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

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Tasted in October 2015. Fabulous wine with stunning nose, richness on palate, awesome complexity, remarkable acidity and classy finish. Top effort for the vintage.

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Margaux, Bordeaux

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The Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff LEVE, 05/05/2010
« This begins with an intense display of black fruit and black raspberry scents along with truffles, flowers, earth and a hint of citrus oil. The wine has great freshness and depth along with an intensity of flavor that keeps you interested. »

http://www.jancisrobinson.com, Jancis Robinson, 09/14/2009
« Deep dark ruby. Some cedary notes over the pure fine cassis but also a hint of very sweet damson. Cedary purity though fully ripe. Thick, rich and opulent with fine, chocolate-smooth tannins. Rich and firm but beatifully balanced. Harmony and proportion. Leathery in aroma and texture but not at all tough just adding a savoury grainy edge. Then finishes fresh and with a fine, attractive dryness – like a smooth dry handshake. Hint of undergrowth on the long finish.
Drink 2009-30 »

Wine International, Charles Metcalfe, 10/01/2005
« Rich, ripe, dense. Very firm tannins. Toough, but will come round. Excellent lenght. »

Wine International, Derek Smedley MW, 10/01/2005
« Very rich and full with a real depth of flavour. This has power and complexity. Firm but ripe tannins and good lenght. »

Wine International, Fiona Morrison MW, 10/01/2005
« Good dark colour. Brilliant dark chocolate scented tannins. Lashings of new oak but well balanced. »

Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate, 09/01/2005
« Le 2000 est tout simplement prodigieux. Vêtu d'un pourpre soutenu, il révèle des arômes sensuels, corsés et extrêment puissants de viande rôtie, de mûre et de crème de cassis nuancés de grillé, de fumé et de camphre, et exprime une bouche riche et opulente, marquée par des tannins qui semblent s'être asoucis en cours d'élevage. Ce vin composé à 53% de cabernet sauvignon et pour le reste de merlot représente une séléction de 50% de la récolte totale; il ne s'est jamais montré sous un aussi bon jour qu'après la mise. Il s'agit d'un Palmer grandiose, qui peut parfaitement rivaliser avec ses meilleurs aînés des millésimes récents; il faut dire que le cru s'améliore d'une année sur l'autre.
 

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Tasted in October 2015. Fabulous wine with stunning nose, richness on palate, awesome complexity, remarkable acidity and classy finish. Top effort for the vintage.

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