Bordeaux

2017 Chateau Palmer

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The Collective Review

“MAKING A GREAT WINE IS ABOUT PUTTING A PLACE IN A GLASS.” THOMAS DUROUX - DIRECTOR OF CHÂTEAU PALMER

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Very perfumed and subtle with dried flowers and citrus, as well as blue fruit. Full-bodied with wonderfully diffused, integrated tannins that just run over the edges of the wine. It’s extremely polished and very, very long. Fresh and bright. Energetic finish. A thoughtful wine. A blend of 54% merlot, 42% cabernet sauvignon and 4% petit verdot. Drink after 2023. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
98 POINTS
James Suckling

Very perfumed and subtle with dried flowers and citrus, as well as blue fruit. Full-bodied with wonderfully diffused, integrated tannins that just run over the edges of the wine. It’s extremely polished and very, very long. Fresh and bright. Energetic finish. A thoughtful wine. A blend of 54% merlot, 42% cabernet sauvignon and 4% petit verdot. Drink after 2023.

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97 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

A blend of 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored, 2017 Palmer gives a very serious nose of pronounced blackcurrant cordial, warm plums and blackberry preserves with hints of cedar chest, pencil shavings, violets, dark chocolate and star anise plus exotic wafts of sandalwood and cassia. Medium-bodied, the palate features fantastically vibrant, crunchy black fruits with a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. It will need a good 5-7 years to really blossom with all those tightly wound nuances, but it should be a stunner! Drinking Window : 2025 - 2065. 97+

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

Flowers, exotic spice, black cherry, plum and licorice are announced as soon as the wine the hits the glass. Sensuous, sexy, silky and finesse driven, the red and dark fruits express a purity from start to finish. Give it five to ten years to gain softness and nuance. The wine was made from 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place September 20 to September 29 and the wine reached 13.2% with a pH 3.75. Fifty-five percent of the harvest was used to produce the Grand Vin and 15 hectares of vines, which normally go into Alter Ego were damaged by the frost.

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Jacques Perrin - Vinifera

Robe sombre. Profil plus crémeux qu’Alter Ego, doté d’une réelle profondeur. Notes de bois oriental. La bouche est dynamique, fuselée, avec une très jolie trame, parfaitement découpée, une très belle continuité de bouche et une finale d’une grande persistance, sur la fraîcheur.

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96 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

One of the wines of the vintage on the Left Bank, the 2017 Palmer is fresh and vibrant, with tons of energy. Veins of supporting salinity and floral overtones lend grace to the Grand Vin in 2017. I imagine Palmer will only blossom with a few years in bottle. Time in the glass brings out pretty notes of dark fruit, mocha, spice, leather and licorice, but overall, the 2017 is quite reticent, especially given what readers have come to expect here. The blend is 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Technical Director Thomas Duroux told me his team harvested all the fruit in nine days as opposed to the more typical 2-3 weeks. The 2017s were done with no SO2 at crush. Duroux stopped the pump overs early and favored gentle extractions. Both wines are in the 13-13.2 range of finished alcohol. 96+

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95 POINTS
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

Ripe black fruits are held aloft by a core of firm tannins. The juicy black-currant flavors are full, rich, generous and structured. This wine is already beautifully balanced, harmonious and with a fine, medium-term future, nothing in excess. Drink from 2024.

Expert Review
95 POINTS
Jane Anson - Decanter

It's very interesting to watch a 'super-second' risk scaling back the muscular attributes of its wine. The key, says director Thomas Duroux, was building the blend carefully and using the press wines to preserve the mid-palate (12% press in this wine, around the same as the 2015). It's less powerful and concentrated than the last few vintages, and yet the wine feels sculpted and sewn into place. The fine tannins are extremely clear and precise, and there's a purity of fruit expression that gives an overwhelming initial impression. The aromatics are really striking, offering an abundance of violet notes on the nose with huge finesse. It just gets better and better in the mouth,, and the tannins do that slow-build thing that is so disarming. This has clear ageing potential. Very low SO2 use for the past few years, in keeping with their biodynamic principles. Just one plot of Petit Verdot for the grand vin was hit by frost. Harvested 20-29 September. 11,000 cases of Palmer, representing 55% of the crop.

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René Gabriel - WeinWisser

54% Merlot, 42% Caber­net Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot. 13 %vol. 38 hl/ha. Dichtes Granat mit rubinrotem Rand, Komplexes Bouquet mit roter Kirschfrucht, hellem Tabak und reifen Himbeeren. lm zweiten Ansatz rote Johannisbeeren und Darjeelingteenoten, Am Gaumen seine royale Grâsse zeigend, mit seidiger Textur und bereits abge-rundeten, sehr prâzisen Tanninen, alles in Balance. lm Finale katapultiert sich das Finessenpaket nach oben und endet mit einer Explosion von Schattenmorel-lensaft und Heidelbeeren. Was für eine Sinfonie. Ein ktassischer Palmer, der an 2008 erinnert.                  19/20 2025 - 2055 19/20

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Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

Dark and winey in feel, with ample blackberry, plum and black currant compote flavors leading the way, while licorice snap, singed apple wood, black tea and dark earth notes fill in throughout. The finish is focused, showing a nice buried iron accent. A powerful version of Margaux and a strong effort in the vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038. Wine Spectator 95 Points

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Winemakers Note

Vine growth got off to an ideal start, until late frosts cast uncertainty over the vintage. Fortunately, the river would shield us. Excellent weather conditions followed. In the winery, the character of each parcel became our guides. What emerged are wines of precision, true to themselves.

With a significant lack of rainfall and a mild winter, the vines awoke early from their winter dormancy. Starting late March, the buds began opening amidst optimal growing conditions. Then, during the nights of 27th and 28th April, the Bordeaux region was struck by a wave of frost. Thankfully, the river would protect the majority of Château Palmer’s vineyards. Finally, late May brought the fine weather which would provide ideal conditions for flowering, and the promise of an excellent harvest.

 

As summer began, it brought several rainy periods which prolonged the vegetative growth of the vines. The veraison took place on schedule in mid-August. The rains of September speeded the maturation of the skins and harvest started early on 20th September. By the 29th, the harvest was over. From the moment vinification began, it became apparent that the conditions of the vintage, coupled by the respectful vineyard management methods we’d used to safeguard the terroir, would allow us to enjoy a great clarity of expression from our plots.

 

Today, the 2017 vintage at Château Palmer is precise, without excess. The wines exhibit the elegant balance of our most classic vintages. Their velvety tannins and aromatic depth are promises of splendid ageing potential.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: Aug 30th, 2024


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