Château Palmer is a 3rd classified growth of Margaux is renowned for being one of the most beautiful wine of the appellation. The finesse and elegance are permanent traits of the identity of Château Palmer, like the greatest Margaux: softness and preciousness of silk, warmth of velvet, nobility of leather. Expression of an original grape variety where the merlot, as important as the Cabernet Sauvignon, is complemented by Petit Verdot, Château Palmer reveals a bouquet of extraordinary complexity where fruit, flowers, spices, are wrapped in a structure fleshy and generous. This subtle balance between aromatic richness and power tannins, always retained, makes a wine with incomparable charm from a young age. Its persistence leaves a heady memory of mixed feelings and emotions. The Château produces since 1998 a 2nd wine: Alter Ego. This wine comes from a more rigorous selection of the first Château Palmer wine and a desire to produce a fruity wine that will be to drink faster.
12 Bouteilles in his vision that a great wine is not necessarily an expensive wine recommends this second magnificent wine.
Troisième Cru classé en 1855
- Margaux -
Vineyard of 66 hectares, Château Palmer is located in the commune of Cantenac, in the heart of Margaux. 3rd classified growth of Margaux, the domain is reputed to be one of the most beautiful wines of the appellation.
Finesse and elegance are permanent features of the identity of Château Palmer, like the greatest Margaux wines: softness and preciousness of silk, warmth of velvet, nobility of leather. Expression of an original grape variety where the merlot, as important as the cabernet sauvignon, is completed by petit Verdot.
GRAPE VARIETIES: Merlot (47%), Cabernet Sauvignon (47%), Petit Verdot (6%)
HARVESTING : Manual
VINIFICATION : Truncated cone shaped stainless steel vats and thermo-regulated
MATURING : Barrels
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The origins of Château Palmer go back to the 18th century with the Gasq family, owner of the estate named at the time "Domaine de Gasq". Following the death of her husband, Marie de Gasq decided to sell the property to Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Palmer, whom she met during a trip. He became the owner of the estate, renowned for the quality of its wines. In 30 years, Charles Palmer enlarged, modernized and gave his name to the property: Château Palmer. In 1843, due to financial difficulties, the lieutenant was forced to sell the estate.
It was then the brothers Émile and Isaac Pereire, businessmen from Bordeaux, who acquired the property in 1853. They entrusted Charles Burget, a famous architect, with the construction of the current emblematic neo-renaissance style château. Château Palmer was also classified as a third growth in 1855, allowing the estate to grow again.
Following the Great War, vine diseases and the economic crisis, the brothers in turn separated from the château, which was acquired in 1938 by four Bordeaux merchant families: the Ginestet, Miailhe, Mälher-Besse and Sichel. In 1950, the Ginestet and Miailhe families decided to sell their shares to the other two families.
Today Chateau Palmer stands out among the best Bordeaux grands crus. It belongs to the Mälher-Besse family, originally from the Netherlands, and to the Sichel family who restructured the vineyard and signed several exceptional vintages. Since 2004, Thomas Duroux has been at the head of the management of the château, continuing to make the estate shine and evolve in a more responsible spirit to the world around it.
Château Palmer is a 66-hectare vineyard located on the top of Günzian gravel hilltops in the heart of Margaux, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde estuary. The soils of the property are poor in organic matter but perfectly drained, regulating the water supply for the vines due to its proximity to the river. The Gironde is a real thermal protector, protecting the vineyard from climatic episodes such as frost.
The vineyard is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in equal parts as well as a little Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon brings power and richness to the château's wine. The Merlot gives generosity and suppleness, while the Petit Verdot brings a touch of spice.
Since the arrival of Thomas Duroux at the estate in 2004, he has initiated the conversion of the estate to organic farming and then to biodynamic methods.
The first biodynamic trials on the property began in 2008, and the teams, enthusiastic about these qualitative successes, decided to pursue this approach by converting the entire estate. Since this implementation, the biodiversity is reborn and diversified: sheep graze from November to March, allowing to maintain the soil and enrich it, the herbs grow and the chemical products disappear.
The cellar of Château Palmer is made up of 54 truncated cone-shaped vats, which after sorting and crushing, collect the juice, the skin as well as the separately harvested pips. They also carry out the fermentation process, allowing to obtain the exact expression of the typicity of each terroir.
There are also the barrel cellars, where the wine is aged for 20 to 22 months in new wood barrels for a little less than half of them. An experimental cellar on the estate allows experiments to be carried out as well as blending phases in micro-tanks.
Château Palmer produces two wines in the Margaux appellation: Château Palmer and a second wine, Alter ego.
The estate also produces a white wine, the Vin Blanc de Palmer in vin de France, a cuvée whose volumes are a few thousand bottles per vintage.
Grand vin of the estate, Château Palmer is a wine where we find all the complexity of its terroir. With fruity, floral and spicy notes, it has a real balance between aromatic richness and powerful tannins.
The second wine of Château Palmer, Alter Ego, is made from a larger proportion of Merlot and younger vines. It is a supple and round wine, oriented towards the fruit and of a great regularity like the great wine.