Château Palmer 2009
• Domaine: Château Palmer
• A.O.C.: Margaux
• Classification: Third Growth, 3ème Grand Cru Classé in 1855
While originally classified as a Third Growth in 1855, Château Palmer has rightfully earned a reputation for tasting and being priced as a Second Growth (some even compare it to a First Growth). In the 1960s, when the famed Château Margaux was unfortunately mismanaged, Château Palmer was considered the epitome of the Margaux appellation. When one first visits the property, it takes just a few minutes for one to gain the insight that Château Palmer is located a stone's throw away (literally) from Château Margaux, thus sharing the same terroir. The owners and winemakers at Château Palmer have not wasted this natural endowment. Many decades (some say over a century) of consistent efforts by generations of caretakers of Château Palmer have created a delightful, silky wine that will please the palate of the most critical consumers.
"One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and That's exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (12/22/2011, Issue 199), Ratings: 97