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A Work of Champagne

Champagne Palmer & Co asked the artist Alain Bonnefoit to produce his artistic interpretation of its prestige cuvee, Amazone de Palmer. 

With the name inspired by those powerful and free female warriors of antiquity, troubling and mysterious women of legend, Amazone de Palmer carries some of their power and magic. The artist has expressed his vision of the cuvée on the box and offers a unique and rare view, far from the charms of the artificial.

Born in 1937 in Montmartre where he currently lives and works, Alain Bonnefoit is known worldwide as one of the champions of female nude painting.

Trained at the School of Beaux-Arts in Paris and Brussels, his meeting with sculptor Volti was decisive. He became Volti’s pupil and friend. In 1964, Alain Bonnefoit decided to devote himself exclusively to painting nudes. He then discovered Asia in 1975 where he learned the Sumi-e technique. Later, he tried out a combination of techniques, experimenting with materials such as paper and jute canvas that enabled him to create large-format works.

Alain Bonnefoit is also a sculptor of wood, marble and alabaster. He divides his time between France, Italy, Korea, Japan and the United States. He has had important exhibitions in all of these countries.

 

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History

In the beginning there were the vines, the soil, the mineral and a group of dynamic winegrowers creating a pretty tightly net-team unified by the sacred figure 7. Seven owners of first and grands crus located in La côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims.

As soon as the beginning, these pioneers give this particular group its letters of nobility: they are determined to only get grapes from aristocratic, noble and high-quality crus.
Thanks to the accurate know-how and mastering of the blending process, they aim at enhancing, their own production. It is the birth of the “Société des grands crus de la Champagne “, a very VIP and very select club due to the drastic conditions for the admission of new members.
They settle in Avize in 1947, one of the most famous wine areas of The Côte des Blancs.
Led by a tireless and endless pursuit for perfection, they managed to create a unique style, expressing the fascinating diversity of aromas and flavours of their wines, which quickly led to their consecration.

 

An exceptional vision has always inspired the leaders of the Champagne Palmer. So, the founders settle on la rue Jacquart, in Reims, in 1959. They then buy the premises of a Wine trading house. The chance gives them several opportunities to acquire other nearby buildings along with an outstanding growth of the company at the same time. All the facilities and the great labyrinth of cellars gathered by Palmer in Reims give the company a new dimension.

The beginning of the 1970s just highlights an other turning point in the life of Palmer. In response to the growth of the House, the leaders will explore other great terroirs of exception of Champagne: the Sézannais, land of election of the chardonnay and the picturesque region of les Riceys in the Aube area, known for its pinot noir.

A perfectly controlled growth allows the Cie to cross, mid-1980s, the symbolic cap of one million bottles. This threshold will be a decisive step in the development of Palmer by implementing a dynamic policy of investments, to develop a very efficient work tool.

 

In the Early 1990s, once again come the question of moving. The lack of space being a chronic disease of the House. A wonderful opportunity in 1997 occurs: this will be the acquisition of a huge Cellar/Winery of a nearby champagne House. This will set Palmer, in Reims, on two major sites, close to each other.

The new face of Palmer, in the heart of “La Cité des Sâcres”, exemplifies the remarkable expansion experienced by the house over the last thirty years.

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Vineyards

Champagne Palmer is deeply implanted in the champenoise mosaic on 415 hectares of a wide and exceptional vineyard area, scattered in about 40 different regional sites: so many colors and nuances which allow our cellar master to compose a rich and beautiful masterpiece.

With 200 hectares of vineyards classified in Grands and Premier Crus, it is from the Mountain of Reims that Palmer gets the main part of its supplies. The regions of La Côte de Sézanne, of La côte de Bar, and La Vallée de La Marne complete the assemblage by bringing their own specificities.

The grape-varieties are divided into: 50 % of Chardonnay, 40 % of pinot Noir, 10 % of pinot Meunier: The ideal proportions which shape the unique style of the cuvées elaborated by Palmer.

 

50% of our chardonnay grapes come from La Montagne de Reims, Premier Crus Trépail and Villers-Marmery. La Côte de Sézanne, whose slopes prolong naturally the geographical area known as La Falaise de l’ile de France, supplies the other half.

Our Pinot Noir, a black grape with white juice essentially come from the Mountain of Reims with our historic plots as the Grand Crus of Mailly-Champagne, Verzenay, Verzy, Puisieulx, Sillery, Bouzy and Ambonnay and the renowned Premier Crus of Ludes, Chigny-les-Roses, and Rilly-la-Montagne. La Côte de Bar, in particular the so lovely and charming village of Les Riceys and the attractive nearby cru of Balnot-sur-Laignes supply, as for them, pinots noirs whose "generosity" is particularly looked for in the assemblage.

The Pinot Meunier rules supreme over the West of La Montagne de Reims, in particular in the Premier Crus of Sacy and Villedommange as well as in La Vallée de La Marne, the other region of preference of this grape variety which will bring roundness to our cuvées.

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Winemaking

Palmer & Co is one of the rare champagne houses to have adapted the famous winemaking technique developed in Jerez to the wines of Champagne. In Champagne, the Solera (or perpetual reserve) system is refreshed every year with an addition of wines from the latest harvest.

For over 35 years, we have been working with three Soleras in two stages, the first in oak casks for the new vintage before being added to the perpetual reserve in stainless steel vats. 

«It’s an everlasting blend, the old wine “educating” the new, the young wine feeding the old. The principle is simple but requires great rigour in winemaking.»  Xavier Berdin

The red wine Solera is used for creating our Rosé Reserve cuvée while the Chardonnay Solera is used as a spice in the reserve wines of Palmer Brut Reserve and also in the dosage liqueur at the time of disgorgement, and the Pinot Noir Solera is used in the blend of Palmer Blanc de Noirs.

 

“For Palmer & Co, the creation of a cuvée is just as much the work of nature as it is the work of Man. We blend the different varieties, crus and reserve wines until we reach the perfect balance.  Xavier Berdin

The Cellar Master and his 4 oenologists are guardians of the Palmer & Co style, passionately watching over the wines of yesterday, today and tomorrow with unrelenting vigilance.

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 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  6 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Lanson Vintage Collection 1979/ Glorious, remarkably fruity nose with Coteaux du Layon reminicent botrytised tones of dried apricots, honey, orange marmalade and wool. Really sweetly fruity on both nosr and palate. Superb viscosity and generosity on the concentrated palate, stylishly lined with perky acidity. Seems ageless 93p


 

5m 1d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  35 wines 

After a loooong wait of two long, we got finally the world's best champagne fair – Grand Champagne – organised. Superb bunch of chefs de cave, great selection of champagnes and bubbly atmosphere, what else do you need! And the best champagne for me was........Charles Heidsieck La Collection de Crayères 1981 in Jeroboam (98p)! 

6m 19d ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  5 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  56 wines 

The Champagne Magazine's "The 100-Best Champagnes 2022" tasting - Day 2.

1y 2m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  4 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  198 wines 

Wow, the 100 Best Champagnes ranking for 2021 is launched. It was such a pleasure to be part of the tasting panel and experience the great overall quality of all the champagnes. Such a superb line-up from prestige champagnes to non-vintages from Grands Maisons to growers and coops. Where there any surprises? Hell yes, check out the rankings and you'll see!

1y 11m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  25 wines 

The 5th day of Champagne Magazines annual The 100-Best Champagnes of the year 2020 -tasting!

2y 10d ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  50 wines 

Champagne Magazine's 100 Best Champagnes 2021 -tasting day II.

2y 1m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  5 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  72 wines 

Champagne Magazines 100 Best Champagnes 2020 -tasting day III.

2y 9m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  6 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  34 wines 

FINEINSINDE Champagne Experience 2019 generated some memorable moments with the great champagnes and people. Piper-Heidsieck showcased their seductive range as well as recently aparted Champagne Rare – Rare Rosé 2008 and Rare 2006. So refined indeed! Dom Pérignon and its Chef de Cave Vincent Chaperon convinced that Dom P is in great hands after Richard Geoffroy retired. The Doms were so impressive and the Roses 2006 and P2 1996 stood up as superstars along with P2 2002 and P2 1998. So did Cristal Rosé 2012 which was a par above of Cristal 2012 - both the first 100% biodynamic luxury champagnes in the world and hitting in the sweet spot! Taittinger was not far behind with its Comtes 2007s, although rose was not on a par of Blanc de Blancs but still so appealing. The two day trip ended degorging the entire winery of Palmer & Co which new winery was just opened for their staff. Palmer & Co is the rising star in Champagne. Keep your eyes on large formats Brut Reserve NV as in fact the bottles have 100% vintage champagne from superb vintages in them!!!

3y 1m ago

 Laura Monari / Wine Importer, Pro (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Roederer Cristal Rosé 1996 / Firm, with well-cut acidity and a fine texture, this is aromatic, delivering a skein of ground spice and graphite notes that mesh seamlessly with the flavors of black currant, black cherry, toasted almond, financier, honey and smoky mineral. Offers a long, mouthwatering finish.

3y 5m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  80 wines 

OK, the first five Champagne's was Friday evening, the rest of these wines was Saturday, from morning until night. This was a day and a weekend I will remember for the rest of my life! Nearly all were served blind.

3y 5m ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs 96 points / This brand new wine follows the Charles Heidsieck non-vintage blanc de blancs tradition that was initiated back in 1947. The aimed style is sumptuous as one can expect from the house but cellar master Cyril Brun has also wanted to highlight freshness of youth in it to make a clear difference to age-mellowed and concentrated the Blanc des Millénaires. Pure and pristinely fruity, coffee and cream laden nose with ample lemony floral fruitiness with a touch of pepper. The palate expresses more minerality and salinity increasing towards the back palate. The wine hides its 10g/l dosage feeling perfectly balanced and fresh, even a little tight at this point. Stunningly creamy texture with minuscule gently bubbles waking up the palate. Long, driven palate with impeccable precision.

3y 9m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Palmer & Co . In a tasting of  24 wines 

A large 1990's Champagnes tasting / Dom Pérignon P2 1995 / Lights are so beautiful with an iridescent color, crackling mousse and a dense hazy mature taste of high class. Almost P3 mode.
Here is a wine that has always been elegant and extremely enjoyable. However, the intensity and depth have been screwed up another notch in this nice extra-stored edition.

3y 9m ago

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