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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Characteristics of the Palmer 1985 vintage
A generous and excellent vintage, producing truly exceptional quality and a classic expression of Bordeaux’s terroirs. The wines are often compared to those of 1953 in terms of their great balance, harmony, finesse and elegance.
During the winter months, the weather was particularly cold and this caused damage in some vineyards. However, after a damp spring the weather improved and flowering took place in perfect conditions.
The fine weather continued until the end of October, so that after the véraison or turning of the colour, the grapes reached optimum maturity, with a somewhat unusual difference in ripeness levels between the Merlot and the Cabernets. July was hot with some rain, August was cooler but dry and September brought record-breaking levels of drought and temperature.
At harvest time, the grapes were ripe and healthy with low acidity and very soft tannins.
Harvest dates: from 09/30/1985 to 10/13/1985
Cabernet Sauvignon: 57%
Cabernet Franc: 6%
Petit Verdot: 4%