2006 Palmer 1500ml

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A lovely wine: deep, complex, seductive, stylish. Medium-full-bodied. Soft, powdery tannins. Elegant. Some tobacco. Finesse plus. (13% alc.) Read more
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Huon Hooke - The Real Review

A lovely wine: deep, complex, seductive, stylish. Medium-full-bodied. Soft, powdery tannins. Elegant. Some tobacco. Finesse plus. (13% alc.)

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Neal Martin - Wine Advocate

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Palmer was wonderful out of barrel ten years ago and now in bottle, it fulfills its promise with a stunning, precise bouquet of maraschino, iodine, cassis and tobacco scents that seem a few years younger than its Margaux peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that cloak its sweet core of cassis and blackcurrant fruit. However, what is so striking is the fineness of the tannin and just how well that oak is subsumed into the fabric of the wine. This is a long-term proposition: a great Margaux from Thomas Duroux. Tasted January 2016.

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James Suckling - Wine Spectator

Coffee, plum and spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with lovely fruit and a soft, silky-textured finish. Very balanced and beautiful, with lots of violet, new wood and richness. Long. Needs time. Best after 2015.

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Stephen Tanzer - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Good full red. Subtly perfumed aromas of plum, milk chocolate, cedar, menthol and smoke. Sweet, supple and deep, with a pungent minerality to the flavors of mulberry, currant and chocolate. Very suave and harmonious wine, offering a lovely combination of volume and energy. Duroux ultimately included 47% merlot in the blend, and this must be some of the best merlot of the Medoc in 2006. Finishes very long and perfumed, with terrific vinosity. (At a much lower price point, the estate's second wine, Alter Ego, is also unusually elegant and juicy in 2006.)

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Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

The dense ruby/purple-hued 2006 Palmer reveals sweet aromas of melted licorice, underbrush, toast, plums, and black cherries. Outstanding density, a medium to full-bodied style, and a personality that recalls 1996, this blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot possesses moderately high tannins as well as plenty of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.

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René Gabriel - WeinWisser

2016-2035. Dunkles Granat-Purpur, rubiner Rand. Diskretes, sehr feines Bouquet, noch zurückhaltend, schöne Tiefe, schwarze Beeren, Lakritze, Teernuancen. Fester, stoffiger Gaumen, viel Fleisch im delikat süssen Extrakt zeigend, fest eingebundene Tannine und Säure, weit ausgelegt, ein beruhigender, nicht spekulativer Palmer mit viel Klasse und ebenso viel Potenzial. 18/20

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Jancis Robinson MW

Brown rim. Neat, intense, introvert nose. Lots of Cabernet. Concentrated cassis fruit. Lovely texture. Real lift plus density. Quite impressively juicy then spicy and dry on the end but in a fresh, impressive way rather than dried out. Neat. Less chunky than some. Very ambitious and seductive. Quite marked acidity though and only a medium finish. Drink 2015-2028 18/20

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Jacques Dupont - Le Point

Séveux, minéral, silex, bouche délicate, élégante mais tendue, un très beau fruit bien préservé et beaucoup de longueur, un vin plus en longeur qu'en largeur, de petits tanins délicats, moins explosif que 2005, mais précis et minéral. 18-18/20

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Tasting Notes

A lovely wine: deep, complex, seductive, stylish. Medium-full-bodied. Soft, powdery tannins. Elegant. Some tobacco. Finesse plus. (13% alc.) Huon Hooke Real Review 95 Points

Winemakers Note

À cache-cache avec une météo inconstante, les grands terroirs s’en tirent bien. Entre sécheresse et pluies, la croissance de la vigne puis de ses raisins a pu s’opérer dans des conditions suffisamment bonnes pour que le style trouve à s’exprimer.

2006 est une année globalement chaude et sèche, marquée par des fluctuations climatiques brutales. Après un débourrement tardif fin mars, la floraison se déroule sans encombre par un temps beau et frais. À partir de mi-juin jusqu’à fin juillet, les températures sont caniculaires. Ce temps chaud et sec est fort heureusement entrecoupé de courtes pluies d’orages. Dans ces conditions, la véraison est précoce, pratiquement terminée à la fin du mois de juillet.

En août, c’est un revirement brutal. Le temps frais et pluvieux ralentit l’évolution de la maturité, conduisant à réaliser d’importants travaux en vert. Les précipitations d’août entretiennent une pression importante des maladies qui requièrent une vigilance de tous les instants. Fin août et première décade de septembre, la canicule est de retour, les températures atteignent jusqu’à 35°C, accélérant un processus de maturité jusque-là au ralenti, mais fragilisant dans le même temps les pellicules du raisin. La période pluvieuse qui suit, heureusement plutôt fraîche, requiert une vigilance quotidienne pour récolter chaque parcelle au moment optimal. Ces conditions climatiques bien qu’inconstantes sont cependant propices à la qualité des raisins sur les grands terroirs.

Le potentiel qualitatif accumulé en juin et juillet peut pleinement s’exprimer lors de la maturation en septembre. La richesse et la puissance des tanins ne masquent pas l’élégance, la subtilité et la profondeur des vins.

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