2011 Chateau Palmer

Merlot

France / Bordeaux / Medoc / Margaux

¥162,600
RP 96
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3eme Grand Cru Classé

2011 Chateau Palmer, Margaux, France

TIME'S HARD WORK.

A half-century after the legendary 1961 vintage, this year’s wine stood out for its extremely low yields, the result of hail, and, in June, extreme heat. The concentrated result was both beautiful and unexpected, which should herald excellent aging potential. In an exceptionally hot, dry climate, the vines began budding three weeks ahead of their usual growth cycle calendar. The first flowers illuminated the vineyard on May 10. The absence of precipitation accentuated water stress among the vines, and we noticed a few cases of coulure in our older plots of Merlot. On June 4, the berries were already formed when a violent hailstorm hit the vineyard and destroyed half the crop. The vines were reeling, having sustained damage to both its body and its fruit. After grinding to a halt for ten days, it made up for lost time in what had become a dry, sunny context, putting out multiple leaves and buds. The summer season began under the scorching sun. June 26 and 27 proved to be the two hottest days of the year, peaking at 38.8°C (101.8°F) in the shade. Young grapes suffered in these searing conditions. Some of them, particularly on the most exposed plots, charred and fell to the ground. This “scalding” generated a further reduction in quality for the vintage. Mid-July, the climate became more regular, temperatures dropped, and the vines recovered. The ripening took place in positive conditions. Light rain delayed the start of the harvest by ten days, but it finally began on September 7 under a bright sun and in a serene climate. Having reached maturity despite a very early growth cycle, the Merlots and Cabernets displayed a bold acidity and an interesting concentration of precise tannins, guaranteeing this vintage's incredible potential for development.

BLEND
CHATEAU PALMER
Merlot 55%
Cabernet sauvignon 45%

ALTER EGO
Merlot 48%
Cabernet sauvignon 37%
Petit verdot 15%

HARVEST DATES
From the
7/9/2011
to the
29/9/2011

RP 96

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and a remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success. Winemaker Thomas Duroux continues to fine-tune this already brilliant estate, producing first-growth quality wines year after year. Reviewed by: Robert M. Parker, Jr., Issue date: April 2014. Drinking window: Drink Date: N/A.

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RP 96

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and a remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success. Winemaker Thomas Duroux continues to fine-tune this already brilliant estate, producing first-growth quality wines year after year. Reviewed by: Robert M. Parker, Jr., Issue date: April 2014. Drinking window: Drink Date: N/A.

2011 Chateau Palmer, Margaux, France

TIME'S HARD WORK.

A half-century after the legendary 1961 vintage, this year’s wine stood out for its extremely low yields, the result of hail, and, in June, extreme heat. The concentrated result was both beautiful and unexpected, which should herald excellent aging potential. In an exceptionally hot, dry climate, the vines began budding three weeks ahead of their usual growth cycle calendar. The first flowers illuminated the vineyard on May 10. The absence of precipitation accentuated water stress among the vines, and we noticed a few cases of coulure in our older plots of Merlot. On June 4, the berries were already formed when a violent hailstorm hit the vineyard and destroyed half the crop. The vines were reeling, having sustained damage to both its body and its fruit. After grinding to a halt for ten days, it made up for lost time in what had become a dry, sunny context, putting out multiple leaves and buds. The summer season began under the scorching sun. June 26 and 27 proved to be the two hottest days of the year, peaking at 38.8°C (101.8°F) in the shade. Young grapes suffered in these searing conditions. Some of them, particularly on the most exposed plots, charred and fell to the ground. This “scalding” generated a further reduction in quality for the vintage. Mid-July, the climate became more regular, temperatures dropped, and the vines recovered. The ripening took place in positive conditions. Light rain delayed the start of the harvest by ten days, but it finally began on September 7 under a bright sun and in a serene climate. Having reached maturity despite a very early growth cycle, the Merlots and Cabernets displayed a bold acidity and an interesting concentration of precise tannins, guaranteeing this vintage's incredible potential for development.

BLEND
CHATEAU PALMER
Merlot 55%
Cabernet sauvignon 45%

ALTER EGO
Merlot 48%
Cabernet sauvignon 37%
Petit verdot 15%

HARVEST DATES
From the
7/9/2011
to the
29/9/2011

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