2008 Chateau Palmer

Merlot

France / Bordeaux / Medoc / Margaux

¥654,300
RP 94
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3eme Grand Cru Classé

2008 Chateau Palmer, Margaux, France

BACK FROM THE BRINK.

A vintage that made a spectacular recovery. The year 2008 perfectly explains the foundations of Château Palmer’s identity: a harmony of flavor in which fine tannins dominate, and a rich aromatic palette that blossoms over time. The remarkable lateness of this vintage’s harvest was due to disruption to the growth cycle by difficult climatic conditions. After a mild, dry, late winter, budding was delayed by cold weather from mid-March to late April. A very rainy month of May ended with a hailstorm that hit the south of the Médoc – including several Château Palmer plots – compounding the stress suffered by the vines. Flowering took place in June in cool, rainy conditions, resulting in significant coulure, particularly on our older Merlot vines. Mildew pressure was also constant this year. July weather always plays an essential role in polyphenol synthesis, and this July was generally warm and sunny. Summer got off to a good start on June 20, and a long period of warm, relatively dry weather lasted until August 10. The less favorable weather that followed for the rest of August somewhat overshadowed this, especially as we also had to manage the disease pressure. From September 14, a northerly wind set in, bringing with it warmer weather and an end to the rain. The wind dried out the small outbreaks of botrytis that were beginning to worry us, and we were able to wait for the last grapes to ripen without any major vine health concerns. This vintage made a spectacular recovery! With great depth and remarkable finesse, the wines beautifully express the Château Palmer terroir in a vintage brought back from the brink!

BLEND
CHATEAU PALMER
Merlot 51%
Cabernet sauvignon 41%
Petit verdot 8%

ALTER EGO
Merlot 52%
Cabernet sauvignon 48%

HARVEST DATES
From the
1/10/2008
to the
17/10/2008

RP 94

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

A stunning success for the vintage, and possibly the Margaux of the year, this wine, which achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, is a blend of 51% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Loads of barbecue smoke, licorice, incense, blackberry, new saddle leather and forest floor notes jump from the glass of this dense, purple-colored wine. Extraordinarily intense and full-bodied, with plenty of tannin, but not the formidable structure of the 2010, this is going to be one of the longest-lived wines of 2008. It is full, rich, layered, and should be reasonably approachable with 3-4 years of bottle age, and will also keep for 30+ years. Reviewed by: Robert M. Parker, Jr., Issue date: May 2011. Drinking window: Drink Date: 2014 - 2044.

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RP 94

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

A stunning success for the vintage, and possibly the Margaux of the year, this wine, which achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, is a blend of 51% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Loads of barbecue smoke, licorice, incense, blackberry, new saddle leather and forest floor notes jump from the glass of this dense, purple-colored wine. Extraordinarily intense and full-bodied, with plenty of tannin, but not the formidable structure of the 2010, this is going to be one of the longest-lived wines of 2008. It is full, rich, layered, and should be reasonably approachable with 3-4 years of bottle age, and will also keep for 30+ years. Reviewed by: Robert M. Parker, Jr., Issue date: May 2011. Drinking window: Drink Date: 2014 - 2044.

2008 Chateau Palmer, Margaux, France

BACK FROM THE BRINK.

A vintage that made a spectacular recovery. The year 2008 perfectly explains the foundations of Château Palmer’s identity: a harmony of flavor in which fine tannins dominate, and a rich aromatic palette that blossoms over time. The remarkable lateness of this vintage’s harvest was due to disruption to the growth cycle by difficult climatic conditions. After a mild, dry, late winter, budding was delayed by cold weather from mid-March to late April. A very rainy month of May ended with a hailstorm that hit the south of the Médoc – including several Château Palmer plots – compounding the stress suffered by the vines. Flowering took place in June in cool, rainy conditions, resulting in significant coulure, particularly on our older Merlot vines. Mildew pressure was also constant this year. July weather always plays an essential role in polyphenol synthesis, and this July was generally warm and sunny. Summer got off to a good start on June 20, and a long period of warm, relatively dry weather lasted until August 10. The less favorable weather that followed for the rest of August somewhat overshadowed this, especially as we also had to manage the disease pressure. From September 14, a northerly wind set in, bringing with it warmer weather and an end to the rain. The wind dried out the small outbreaks of botrytis that were beginning to worry us, and we were able to wait for the last grapes to ripen without any major vine health concerns. This vintage made a spectacular recovery! With great depth and remarkable finesse, the wines beautifully express the Château Palmer terroir in a vintage brought back from the brink!

BLEND
CHATEAU PALMER
Merlot 51%
Cabernet sauvignon 41%
Petit verdot 8%

ALTER EGO
Merlot 52%
Cabernet sauvignon 48%

HARVEST DATES
From the
1/10/2008
to the
17/10/2008

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