Château Palmer is a star in the Margaux appellation, on the left bank of the Bordeaux region. After having built its legendary story on vintages that have become mythical, Château Palmer continues to write its history under the direction of the talented Thomas Duroux.
Benefiting from an exceptional terroir located in the immediate vicinity of the Gironde estuary, Château Palmer comprises an unusual grape composition in the Médoc, with a strong emphasis on the Merlot variety, which appears alongside Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
The 2005 vintage is remembered for its historic drought, occurring for the first time since 1976.
Although the flowering period went well at the beginning of June, the summer period was marked by an exceptional drought which stopped the growth of the vineyard prematurely. The estate's teams increased their efforts to ensure that the grapes received optimum nutrition. The small size of the grapes means that they are highly concentrated and thus guarantee to boast a high quality. Harvesting began on 22 September, enabling the harvest of aromatic grapes with powerful and velvety tannins.
Vinification and ageing
Throughout the winemaking process, extraction is carried out with great precision, with the aim of preserving the freshness and balance of this powerful and aromatic vintage.
Cabernet Sauvignon (53%)
Petit Verdot (7%).
This wine showcases a deep and intense ruby colour.
The first nose immediately evokes morello cherry with oriental spices and wild herbs. When swirled, this Margaux confirms the deliciousness of this marvellous vintage, enhancing the fruitiness of full-bodied black fruits.
The attack is precise, rich and intense. The enfolding palate seduces with its harmony, its power and its tannic structure.
Enjoy today, Château Palmer 2005 can wait in the cellar for several decades to reveal its full aromatic palette.
Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 2005 Château Palmer is a legend in the making. Apparently the vines received 57% less rain than average, yet the 2005 shrugs off any water deficiency and has nurtured a wondrously pixelated bouquet, whereby mineralité shines through the black cherry and blueberry fruit. Search deeper and you discover veins of graphite that impart a Pauillac-like allure. The palate is medium-bodied and intense, but it is not overwhelming, a Margaux that is galvanized with a firm backbone thereby ensuring this will age over the long term. The symmetry here is enthralling - a 2005 that is destined for greatness. The only question is whether it will surpass the 2009 or 2010 Palmer? It will be fun finding out. Tasted May 2015.