Since 1945, only the 1965 vintage wasn’t up to the quality of the vintages ending in 5. So Palmer team was “statistically” expecting an excellent harvest in 2015. And she haven’t been disappointed... The Margaux appellation enjoyed especially favourable weather conditions throughout September. The relatively high alcoholic content of the 2015 Palmer is balanced out by a dense tannic structure without any rustic notes, thanks to perfect phenolic maturity of the pips and skins. At this time, this outstanding balance leads Palmer to believe that 2015 will be in line with recent great vintages, such as 2010, 2009 and 2005. A very deep and serious wine !
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Palmer is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot matured into up to 70% new oak. The official start of the picking was 22 September, finishing on the 7 October with the Petit Verdot and the Cabernet Sauvignon. This has a wonderful bouquet with layers of dark cherry, boysenberry, a faint hint of dark chocolate and minerals. There is superb delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied, but this constitutes a decidedly more structured Palmer than I have encountered in recent years, perhaps a little more masculine due to the slightly higher Cabernet content. This is a classic Palmer made by winemaker Thomas Duroux, symmetrical in some way, poised and effortless on the finish. Those who like the more showy Palmer might not warm to this 2015, but this has real class and sophistication, a Palmer that will repay those with the nous to cellar it for 10-15 years. Expect it to reside at the top of my banded score.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU PALMER 33460 MARGAUX FRANCE|
|Classification||3e cru classe|
- R. Gabriel : 20
- J. Robinson : 18
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Country : France
- Decanter : 96
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot