Chateau Palmer - Bordeaux, France
February 26, 2015


From Margaux, this Third Growth Chateau produces some of the most compelling wine in France. A recent tasting of several vintages and a rare taste of the Vin Blanc confirms the pedigree is firmly intact.
Winery representative Jean-Louis was in Seattle last week and provided us with glimpses of the chateau's philosophy (100% biodynamic as of the 2014 vintage. No Cab Franc on the property). We happily tasted the 2011 Vin Blanc (60% Muscadelle, 40% Loset). Only 100 cases were produced and Washington State got 22 bottles. We have 4 of them! We enjoyed the 2008 and 2010 Alter Ego (a more modern version of The Vin Rouge with noticeable oak influence) before we tasted a nice vertical of the Palmer Rouge: 1995, 1999, 2007, 2010. The 1999 stood out as impeccable and ready to drink with the 2010 a young version of the '99. Jean-Louis commented that the '10 is one of the greatest vintages ever at Palmer - of course we naively nodded in agreement.
Here's what our friend Robert Parker said back in 2002 about the '99 Palmer:
"The 1999 is the greatest Palmer made since 1961, 1966, 1970, 1983, and 1989. It is one of the superstars of the vintage. The wine is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. It boasts a staggering bouquet of violets and other spring flowers intermixed with licorice, black currants, and subtle wood. Only 50% of the production made it into the grand vin. This is a multidimensional, compelling effort with both power and elegance, it offers sweet tannin along with flavors that caress the palate, and a 45-second finish. This is terrific stuff! Anticipated maturity."

We have only a few bottles of each of these wines. As ever, it's first come, first served - or just call and let us know your desires.

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