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  • Country ranking ?

    539
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Wellington served with a rich mushroom sauce

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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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Wine Information

Characteristics of the vintage / The cool, humid weather in early spring brought a rather late budburst and fairly slow vine growth. A hailstorm on 11 May hit the Palmer vineyard without affecting the harvest's qualitative potential.

With extremely mild, dry and sunny weather in June, flowering took place quickly and spread evenly. The bright, sunny summer that followed enhanced the qualitative potential. It was a summer of no extremes: no destructive storms and no heat waves, just some moderate, sporadic rainfall. Under such favorable conditions, plant growth rapidly stopped and the véraison spread swiftly and well, like the flowering!

Depending on the plots, the water supply became more and more limited. This made the vines suffer, developed berry concentration and made the potential quality of the fruit looks more and more promising.

September and October did nothing to dampen our hopes since the weather condition were ideal for the ripening of the grapes and the harvest!
By early September, the technical maturity had been reached (potential degree in alcohol of 13.5° to 14°), but the skins were still thick and the tannins needed time to soften. A long spell of fine weather gave us the time to taste the grapes every day and patiently monitor their development until they had the right velvety, silky texture.

Harvesting began 23 September for the earliest ripening Merlots. The grapes arriving in the vat room were magnificent: perfectly ripe, healthy, juicy and concentrated. Merlot harvesting continued without haste until 4 October. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested between 2 and 14 October, and our Petit Verdots on 8 and 9 October.

The yield, at 34 hL/ha, was very close to that of the 2005 vintage. Although this very fine vintage gave us the leisure to harvest calmly, it caused our oenologists some anxiety!

The grapes arrived in the winery at slightly higher temperatures than usual. The crops had to be cooled to make sure that the fermentation temperatures were well controlled. The extraordinary richness of the musts demanded constant monitoring by batch in order to precision-manage the extractions. These efforts were both encouraged and rewarded by the very high quality of the daily tastings: we were stunned by the freshness, density and finesse of the batches. This is a terroir vintage, in which each plot fully expresses its singularity and contributes thereby to blendings of very great complexity.

Harvest dates: from 09/23/2009 to 10/14/2009

http://www.jancisrobinson.com, Jancis Robinson, 01/31/2013
« Blackish purple. Putty and interesting on the nose. Very sweet indeed. Not enough refreshment. Coconut-oil notes really put me (but not the other members of the group) off. Raw finish. Thick, dense, complex and sweet and clearly very well made, but just not appetising enough for me. »

Wine Journal erobertparker.com, Robert Parker, 02/29/2012
« One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and that-s exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years. »

http://www.jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, 02/14/2012
« This has such class and power. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with hints of violets. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and a juicy finish. Solid and extremely pretty. Fabulous finish. Try in 2020. »

, James SUCKLING, 09/20/2010
« Just finished at Palmer. 2009 is amazing and defines the future for this top estate. Nothing shy in Palmer anymore. Love it. 98+ »

Chronique n°100, Jean-Marc QUARIN, 07/15/2010
« Regoûté quatre fois depuis les primeurs, sa note est en hausse. Grand nez fin et subtil dans lequel j’ai même trouvé des odeurs très heureuses de fruits blancs (poire rôtie). Bouche superbe où le moelleux de la trame suscite un fort hédonisme. Pour autant le vin offre une construction classique tramée, puissante, mais toujours pleine du sens de la mesure. Superbe finale au grain fin. Il deviendra un modèle. »

Telecran, Claude FRANCOIS, 07/03/2010
« Réglisse, nez très très doux; du fruit très concentré, un vin massif, arômes de mûres et fruits noirs, chocolat, floral. 50 % de merlot composent ce vin à la texture soyeuse, seulement deux tiers de bois neuf lui confèrent (ou plutôt)conservent sa belle fraîcheur. »

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

16 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep

ending

Medium

flavors

Spice

taste

High in Acidity, High alcohol content, High tannin, Youthful and Drying tannins

Verdict

Fine

Written Notes

Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Palmer delivers a beguiling array of black fruit—warm plums, cassis and black cherry compote—with kirsch and wild sage sparks plus profound suggestions of fragrant earth, black truffles, iron ore and liquid licorice. Full-bodied, rich and decadently seductive in the mouth, the generous fruit is superbly framed with plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.

  • 98p

2009 Palmer - Just starting to knock on the door of secondary aromatics, you can peek into the wine and find truffle, flowers, tobacco leaf, smoked cherries and spice. But that is only the beginning. Once you taste the wine and you feel those sensuous textures as the wine glides across your palate, you know this is special. The wine has more than ample density, but it is not heavy. The lift in the mid-palate keeps all those layers of ripe, dark red, earthy fruits alive. Vibrant, elegant and silky, the end note remains with you for at least 50 seconds or more. If you like more youthful fruit in your wine, you can drink this now. If you want to enjoy the wine as it heads to its peak, give it another decade of rest. This should age effortlessly for decades. 99 Pts

  • 99p

A deep runy-tinted purple colour suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity. This Margaux offers sunshine and sun-kissed fruits: a veritable explosion of dark fruits. Aeration confirms Palmer 2009 fragrant power and well-integrated alcohol leading to a full-bodied, creamy, thick wine with plenty of opulent yet extremely elegant tannins. The phenomenal, rich concentration blends masterfully altogether for a succulent wine all the way through. 

  • 96p

A great year for Palmer with amazing depth and stature with very long finish. A gorgeous layered wine that is complete in every aspect, in balance and shows huge potential for aging easily for several decades.

  • 98p

Consistent notes. This wine had incredibly scented nose and palate, black cherries and Varlhona chocolate everywhere, awesome complexity structure and length, fat fruit and tannin on the palate. Very sophisticated wine with both power and extreme elegance. Heavenly stuff.

  • 99p
Deep ruby. Deep notes of cassis, scented, layered and complex. Enormous complexity. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, superb texture and structure, very long. Amazing wine.
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Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

15

Inside Information

 Robert Parker« One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and that-s exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years.  »

http://www.jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, 02/14/2012
« This has such class and power. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with hints of violets. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and a juicy finish. Solid and extremely pretty. Fabulous finish. Try in 2020.  »

, James SUCKLING, 09/20/2010
« Just finished at Palmer. 2009 is amazing and defines the future for this top estate. Nothing shy in Palmer anymore. Love it. 98+ »

Chronique n°100, Jean-Marc QUARIN, 07/15/2010
« Regoûté quatre fois depuis les primeurs, sa note est en hausse. Grand nez fin et subtil dans lequel j’ai même trouvé des odeurs très heureuses de fruits blancs (poire rôtie). Bouche superbe où le moelleux de la trame suscite un fort hédonisme. Pour autant le vin offre une construction classique tramée, puissante, mais toujours pleine du sens de la mesure. Superbe finale au grain fin. Il deviendra un modèle.  »

Telecran, Claude FRANCOIS, 07/03/2010
« Réglisse, nez très très doux; du fruit très concentré, un vin massif, arômes de mûres et fruits noirs, chocolat, floral. 50 % de merlot composent ce vin à la texture soyeuse, seulement deux tiers de bois neuf lui confèrent (ou plutôt)conservent sa belle fraîcheur. »

Le Fine Wine journal, Hervé Pennequin, 06/04/2010
« – Nez extrêmement puissant de fruits noirs très mûrs avec des arômes de cassis. Sa structure est composée avec une majorité de Merlot (52%) et intègre une faible quantité de Petit Verdot (7%). C’est un vin massif en bouche, très frais, avec des tanins onctueux, fermes et fins. Il possède beaucoup d’élégance grâce à sa profondeur allégée par les tanins. S’il apparaît suave et quelque peu asséchant en finale, la grande richesse de sève et sa longueur en font un vin droit, franc, sur la dentelle, avec des épices fumées, des notes de cuir. »

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