Château Palmer Margaux 3ème Cru Classé 2006, Bordeaux, France 75cl
Dry red wine, 75cl. Full bodied 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot blend from Bordeaux, France. 13.0% ABV.
"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Palmer was wonderful out of barrel ten years ago and now in bottle, it fulfills its promise with a stunning, precise bouquet of maraschino, iodine, cassis and tobacco scents that seem a few years younger than its Margaux peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that cloak its sweet core of cassis and blackcurrant fruit. However, what is so striking is the fineness of the tannin and just how well that oak is subsumed into the fabric of the wine. This is a long-term proposition: a great Margaux from Thomas Duroux. Tasted January, 2019."
94/100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Producer Profile Château Palmer
Before it was purchased from Englishman Major General Charles Palmer in 1814, from whom the château gets its name, the estate already had a long history as part of the properties of Château d’Issan. In 1748, Château de Gascq purchased 50 hectares to form what was the foundation of the estate that we know today. The estate was already believed to produce wines at the level of the top estates in Bordeaux under the ownership of Palmer and in the fifteen years between 1814 and the early 1830s, Château Palmer was expanded both in terms of the vineyard surface, increasing to 80 hectares, and by enveloping the buildings around Issan, Cantenac and Margaux. From 1840, economic difficulties led to not only many changes in ownership of the domaine, but also a major decline in its ranking. The famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification hence rated Château Palmer as only a Third Growth. By 1870, the estate was extended to 177 hectares, of which 109 were vines. The iconic, eponymous châteaux hosting the headquarters of the domaine today was built few years before by the architect Burguet joining the estate, in 1870. In the late 1930’s, the domaine was sold to a syndicate called Société Civile de Château Palmer, where the Sichel and Mähler-Besse families, respected negociants in Bordeaux, had the most significant portion of control. They remain the main shareholders of the domaine today. A certain level of stability helped the estate regain its former glory, with its wines unofficially classified as SuperSecond, testifying to their quality, despite the initial classification. In 1998, the estate purchased 8 more hectares of vines and started producing Alter Ego from them. The wine is defined as a counterpart of the flagship Château Palmer, made from different plots and following a different style, hence formally refusing the label of “second wine”. Today, the estate still takes development and growth very seriously. Château Palmer has 22 different shareholders In 2010, some of its most important assets were also renovated, including the grape reception area, vat rooms and the barrel cellar, as well as the bottling facilities and a room dedicated for tasting. The epicentre of the estate is believed to be the Village, a physical community space where the estate’s expertise is shared daily.