Château Palmer 2005
• 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.
"Its bigger sister, the 2005 Château Palmer (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot), is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, licorice and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. It is medium to full-bodied, surprisingly opulent (it has a big percentage of Merlot), long, multi-dimensional and textured. This wonderfully pure, stunning wine once again performs as a first-growth. It should drink well for the next 20-25 years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (6/28/2015, Issue 219), Ratings: 98