2014 Chateau Palmer

Merlot

France / Bordeaux / Medoc / Margaux

$1,860
RP 94
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3eme Grand Cru Classé

2014 Chateau Palmer, Margaux, France

THE BICENTENNIAL WINE.

What if biodynamic viticulture brought us closer to our terroir? Two hundred years after Major General Charles Palmer acquired the estate, the 2014 vintage provides a simple answer to this question: its energy beautifully welcomes ageing while releasing fruitiness and minerality. Early in the summer, the sun had played an endless game of hide-and-go-seek. But when the harvest ended on October 14, it was under the same glorious sun that we had enjoyed throughout September. Everything had started quite well; a rainy winter had enabled the estate to renew its water reserves. In the spring, flowering went well. But early July, the weather became unstable and the vines focused on their fine foliage – to the detriment of their grapes. August wasn’t much better, ripening was slow and the berries began to swell…

Luckily, the sun finally returned at the end of the month. September’s extraordinary weather conditions transformed the vintage profile. As berry size decreased, levels of sugars, anthocyanins, and tannins increase. On September 22, we harvested the first plot, and the particularly good weather allowed us to pick perfectly ripe grapes. In the cellar, innovation was firmly in the spotlight. After two years of experiments seeking to reduce the level of sulfur in our wines, we decided not to add any sulfur to the harvested grapes to let them immediately express their complexity. At this stage, the wines of the 2014 vintage are an excellent reflection of the diversity of the estate’s plots. Each personality is expressed in these two assemblages as if a veil had been lifted. It is, without a doubt, one of the first results of our biodynamic approach..

BLEND
CHATEAU PALMER
Merlot 45%
Cabernet sauvignon 49%
Petit verdot 6%

ALTER EGO
Merlot 52%
Cabernet sauvignon 35%
Petit verdot 13%

HARVEST DATES
From the
22/9/2014
to the
14/10/2014

RP 94

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2014 Palmer builds on the promise that it showed in barrel. It is clearly a more understated and nuanced Palmer from winemaker Thomas Duroux this year, but a Margaux with exquisite delineation and precision, hints of blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. It feels supple and lithe in the mouth. It will not have the depth and power of the subsequent 2015 Palmer, yet the "flow" is very sensual and the Merlot (45% of the blend) just lends it roundness and a caressing texture. What a beautiful Margaux and I bet it will be deceptively long-lived. Reviewed by: Neal Martin, Issue date: March 2017. Drinking window: Drink Date: 2020 - 2050.

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RP 94

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2014 Palmer builds on the promise that it showed in barrel. It is clearly a more understated and nuanced Palmer from winemaker Thomas Duroux this year, but a Margaux with exquisite delineation and precision, hints of blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. It feels supple and lithe in the mouth. It will not have the depth and power of the subsequent 2015 Palmer, yet the "flow" is very sensual and the Merlot (45% of the blend) just lends it roundness and a caressing texture. What a beautiful Margaux and I bet it will be deceptively long-lived. Reviewed by: Neal Martin, Issue date: March 2017. Drinking window: Drink Date: 2020 - 2050.

2014 Chateau Palmer, Margaux, France

THE BICENTENNIAL WINE.

What if biodynamic viticulture brought us closer to our terroir? Two hundred years after Major General Charles Palmer acquired the estate, the 2014 vintage provides a simple answer to this question: its energy beautifully welcomes ageing while releasing fruitiness and minerality. Early in the summer, the sun had played an endless game of hide-and-go-seek. But when the harvest ended on October 14, it was under the same glorious sun that we had enjoyed throughout September. Everything had started quite well; a rainy winter had enabled the estate to renew its water reserves. In the spring, flowering went well. But early July, the weather became unstable and the vines focused on their fine foliage – to the detriment of their grapes. August wasn’t much better, ripening was slow and the berries began to swell…

Luckily, the sun finally returned at the end of the month. September’s extraordinary weather conditions transformed the vintage profile. As berry size decreased, levels of sugars, anthocyanins, and tannins increase. On September 22, we harvested the first plot, and the particularly good weather allowed us to pick perfectly ripe grapes. In the cellar, innovation was firmly in the spotlight. After two years of experiments seeking to reduce the level of sulfur in our wines, we decided not to add any sulfur to the harvested grapes to let them immediately express their complexity. At this stage, the wines of the 2014 vintage are an excellent reflection of the diversity of the estate’s plots. Each personality is expressed in these two assemblages as if a veil had been lifted. It is, without a doubt, one of the first results of our biodynamic approach..

BLEND
CHATEAU PALMER
Merlot 45%
Cabernet sauvignon 49%
Petit verdot 6%

ALTER EGO
Merlot 52%
Cabernet sauvignon 35%
Petit verdot 13%

HARVEST DATES
From the
22/9/2014
to the
14/10/2014

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