Château Palmer

About Château Palmer

Château Palmer is a Third Growth estate located in Margaux in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Although for many decades it has been viewed as one of the best wines in the region, standing toe-to-toe to Château Margaux. Château Palmer is named after a British Major-General from the Napoleonic Wars, who bought the land in 1814. He developed it considerably and gained a strong following for the wine in England. Since 1938, the Sichel and Mähler-Besse families have been major shareholders. Since the mid-1990s they have rediscovered their former class. The appointment of Thomas Duroux in 2004 has brought them into a new golden era.

 

Viniculture

Once part of the d'Issan estate, the Palmer vineyards cover 55 hectares in the Cantenac commune. Mostly found on a plateau of thin gravel on the edge of the estuary, the vines are densely planted, such that to ensure competition between vines and promote deep root systems. This Margaux tends to be high in Merlot, giving a ripe perfume and plum fruit flavours. 

 

The estate makes a second wine called Alter Ego de Palmer. Annual production is around 12,000 cases of Chateau Palmer and 7500 cases of Alter Ego.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alter Ego de Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £590.87
2016

Alter Ego de Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

This is very concentrated yet soft and fresh in texture. Full-bodied and round and mouth-filling. So impressive how it fills your mouth yet remains fresh. It’s so framed.
Delivery to Storage from 5 Dec 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £590.87
Alter Ego de Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £400.07
2017

Alter Ego de Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

This is a delicious and savory wine with beautiful, ripe and creamy tannins, as well as chocolate and plum character. Full body. The flavors turn to wet earth and mushrooms with some leather. A blend of 53% merlot, 41% cabernet sauvignon and 6% petit verdot. Lovely finish. Try after 2021.
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Alter Ego de Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £399.47
2019

Alter Ego de Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (94)

Cinnamon spice on the nose, with a patisserie edge to the fruits that gives a rich, creamy impression. As ever with the Palmer stable of wines, you can pick out the individual flavours clearly, with careful and precise delineation of cassis, bilberry, slate and tobacco notes, but overall this is an outstanding Alter Ego that puts the emphasis on pleasure. Tannins are extremely precise but feathery and pliable. An extremely low 37ppm of SO2 at this stage, in keeping with biodynamic principles and a desire to let the fruit speak. 3.62ph. 45hl/h yield, 45% of overall production in Alter Ego.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Sep 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 94 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £399.47
Alter Ego de Palmer 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £379.67
2020

Alter Ego de Palmer 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (92-94)

The 2020 Alter Ego is very pure on the nose, almost Burgundian in style with lush blueberry, boysenberry, crushed violets and a touch of vanilla. It is not a powerful bouquet but it seems to gain momentum with aeration, finding its own voice with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite grippy tannins for Alter Ego, possibly because of tasting slightly later (Thomas Duroux commented it is the most tannic that he has produced.) Crustacea-tinged black fruit lacquer the mouth, fresh and very delineated on the finish. Maybe it needs a little more sustain on the aftertaste, though that may evolve throughout its élevage.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 92-94 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £379.67
Palmer 1955 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £820.80
1955

Palmer 1955 (1x75cl)
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Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £820.80
Palmer 1961 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,628.00
1961

Palmer 1961 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, two bottles of 1961 Château Palmer were opened and compared. The first was a great bottle of wine, beautifully balanced and complex, and yet not quite living up to its status as one of the legendary bottles of the 20th century. That said, I still scored it around the 96 or 97 point mark. The second lived up to the billing. Coming from the late great John Avery's cellar, that is to say, purchased on release and never moved, the first difference is the slightly deeper color compared to the first bottle. The bouquet is difficult to capture in words. Heavenly, ethereal, moving and profound - they are all applicable here. It is still a wine in its prime, with dark berry fruit, hints of graphite and mineral, a touch of wilted violet petals. Its ineffable purity knocks you sideways. The palate is defined by its filigree framework of tannin - precise and lace-like, lending it the texture of a mature Richebourg. Yet it is unmistakably Margaux because there is stunning structure on the finish, astounding precision and a never-ending aftertaste that is borderline supernatural. This bottle reminds me of the first time I tasted the 1961 Palmer several years ago when I gave a perfect score without hesitation. This is exactly the same: a perfect wine and a bona fide legend. Tasted May 2015.
See photographs Delivery to Storage from 21 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,628.00
Palmer 1996 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,785.74
1996

Palmer 1996 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (91)

Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1996 Château Palmer is a wine that never quite fulfilled its potential. There is satisfactory fruit intensity on the nose, blackberry and truffle, a touch of vanilla and violet developing with time in the glass. The palate still feels a little backward, but there is good grip and freshness. This is a harmonious 1996 Margaux and yet it feels conservative and straight-laced on the tobacco-infused finish. It is quite a serious Palmer, yet it does not quite back it up in terms of complexity or, for want of a better word, soul. Good...but you end up wanting more, especially having tasted the likes of 2000, 2005 and 2010 alongside. Tasted May 2015.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,785.74
Palmer 1998 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,113.74
1998

Palmer 1998 (12x75cl)

Stephen Tanzer - Vinous (90-92 )

Very deep purple-ruby. Perfumed, ripe aromas of blackberry and vanilla. High-pitched but thick in the mouth, with a sweet flavor of blackberry syrup and firm underlying backbone. Finishes with very strong dark berry fruit and big, tongue-coating tannins.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 90-92 (ST) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,113.74
Palmer 2003 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,530.47
2003

Palmer 2003 (6x75cl)

Wine Enthusiast (94)

With its usual high proportion of Merlot, Palmer 2003 was always going to be a generous, very ripe wine. And so it is proving, but what is so satisfying about the wine at this stage is that the great sweet fruit, which comes right out of the glass. Underneath, of course, there are tannins, so this wine could be drunk soon, and then aged for another 15 years. Imported by Diageo Chateau & Estates.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94 (WE) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,530.47
Palmer 2004 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,350.14
2004

Palmer 2004 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

This stunning wine is one of the vintage’s great successes. Administrator Thomas Duroux has fashioned a modern day version of Palmer’s brilliant 1966. Displaying a rare combination of power and elegance, this dense purple-colored offering exhibits notes of blackberries, truffles, flowers, incense, and camphor. Long, classic, and medium to full-bodied with stunning texture and richness, this superb effort is a candidate for the finest Margaux of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025+. Also tasted: 2004 Alter Ego de Palmer (88)
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 5 94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,350.14
Palmer 2007 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,594.14
2007

Palmer 2007 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Palmer has an opulent bouquet for the vintage, something almost Mediterranean tincturing the lifted red berry fruit laced with sage and even a suggestion of oregano. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, a fine bead of acidity, gentle and caressing but with a powerful, almost heady finish. If you are looking for an extravagant wine this vintage, then Palmer is the place to come, though maybe it has just dispensed a little of its luster since I last tasted it. Tasted February 2017.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,594.14
Palmer 2007 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,412.87
2007

Palmer 2007 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Palmer has an opulent bouquet for the vintage, something almost Mediterranean tincturing the lifted red berry fruit laced with sage and even a suggestion of oregano. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, a fine bead of acidity, gentle and caressing but with a powerful, almost heady finish. If you are looking for an extravagant wine this vintage, then Palmer is the place to come, though maybe it has just dispensed a little of its luster since I last tasted it. Tasted February 2017.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,412.87
Palmer 2008 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,872.54
2008

Palmer 2008 (12x75cl)

Decanter (95)

This has a deeper grip of fruit, one of the best so far, delivering spades of Margaux typicity and a gorgeous balance of seamlessly linked fruit, tannin and acidity. This is the right time to be drinking this wine, but it will still unfurl further. Flavours of pencil lead, brambly blackberry fruits and a cedar swirl. A gold for me, in a silver vintage.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,872.54
Palmer 2009 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,758.14
2009

Palmer 2009 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Palmer delivers a beguiling array of black fruit—warm plums, cassis and black cherry compote—with kirsch and wild sage sparks plus profound suggestions of fragrant earth, black truffles, iron ore and liquid licorice. Full-bodied, rich and decadently seductive in the mouth, the generous fruit is superbly framed with plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,758.14
Palmer 2010 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £3,632.14
2010

Palmer 2010 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,632.14
Palmer 2010 (1x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £656.96
2010

Palmer 2010 (1x150cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 21 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 1x150cl 2 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £656.96
Palmer 2010 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £404.08
2010

Palmer 2010 (1x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
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Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £404.08
Palmer 2010 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,319.03
2010

Palmer 2010 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
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Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,319.03
Palmer 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,641.07
2010

Palmer 2010 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
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Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,641.07
Palmer 2011 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £277.48
2011

Palmer 2011 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 17 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £277.48
Palmer 2011 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £828.83
2011

Palmer 2011 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Bordeaux 3x75cl 5 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £828.83
Palmer 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,657.67
2011

Palmer 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,657.67
Palmer 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,272.47
2013

Palmer 2013 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93)

Extremely perfumed and floral with hints of currants. Full body, firm and silky. Pretty fruit and finish. Bright and firm too. Milk chocolate on the finish. Drink in 2018 but already joyful.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 93 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,272.47
Palmer 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,311.07
2015

Palmer 2015 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

A wine with incredible character and style with black ink and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full body, extremely fresh and structured with riffing tannins. It is muscular and powerful. White pepper, sea salt, mineral, stone character. A wine built for the long term. The making of the new 1961.
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Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,311.07
Palmer 2016 (1x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £314.68
2016

Palmer 2016 (1x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

Still showing the color of a barrel sample, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished, fresh, vibrant and pure. The wine tastes as if you ran into the vineyard and grabbed a handful of grapes off the vine, and you ate them just moments before they were crushed. The fruit has so much purity, energy and sensuality, it is impossible not to go back to the glass for another sniff, swirl and sip. Another interesting point is the addition of a gentle chalky minerality in the finish, adding a beautiful layer to the complexity. This is easily one of the great vintages of Chateau Palmer and will age for decades with no effort.
OWC1 Delivery to Storage from 18 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 2 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £314.68
Palmer 2016 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,054.87
2016

Palmer 2016 (3x150cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

Still showing the color of a barrel sample, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished, fresh, vibrant and pure. The wine tastes as if you ran into the vineyard and grabbed a handful of grapes off the vine, and you ate them just moments before they were crushed. The fruit has so much purity, energy and sensuality, it is impossible not to go back to the glass for another sniff, swirl and sip. Another interesting point is the addition of a gentle chalky minerality in the finish, adding a beautiful layer to the complexity. This is easily one of the great vintages of Chateau Palmer and will age for decades with no effort.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,054.87
Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,748.87
2016

Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

Still showing the color of a barrel sample, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished, fresh, vibrant and pure. The wine tastes as if you ran into the vineyard and grabbed a handful of grapes off the vine, and you ate them just moments before they were crushed. The fruit has so much purity, energy and sensuality, it is impossible not to go back to the glass for another sniff, swirl and sip. Another interesting point is the addition of a gentle chalky minerality in the finish, adding a beautiful layer to the complexity. This is easily one of the great vintages of Chateau Palmer and will age for decades with no effort.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,748.87
Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,399.07
2017

Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97+)

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!
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Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,399.07
Palmer 2018 (1x300cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,375.91
2018

Palmer 2018 (1x300cl)

Vinous (AG) (100)

The 2018 Palmer is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel, and that is saying something. Rich, exotic and beautifully layered, Palmer is a real head-turner in 2018. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, espresso and sweet floral notes build over time, but it is the wine's stunning depth and textural voluptuousness that elevate it into the realm of the truly sublime. As I wrote in my initial review, the 2018 Palmer is a freak of nature from yields of just 11 hectoliters per hectare harvested over an entire month. Mildew was especially punishing. There is no Alter Ego, just the Grand Vin. Kudos to CEO Thomas Duroux and his team for what I can only describe as a truly magical wine.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 1x300cl 1 100 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,375.91
Palmer 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,399.27
2018

Palmer 2018 (6x75cl)

Vinous (AG) (100)

The 2018 Palmer is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel, and that is saying something. Rich, exotic and beautifully layered, Palmer is a real head-turner in 2018. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, espresso and sweet floral notes build over time, but it is the wine's stunning depth and textural voluptuousness that elevate it into the realm of the truly sublime. As I wrote in my initial review, the 2018 Palmer is a freak of nature from yields of just 11 hectoliters per hectare harvested over an entire month. Mildew was especially punishing. There is no Alter Ego, just the Grand Vin. Kudos to CEO Thomas Duroux and his team for what I can only describe as a truly magical wine.
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Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,399.27
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Alter Ego de Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £479.00
2016

Alter Ego de Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

This is very concentrated yet soft and fresh in texture. Full-bodied and round and mouth-filling. So impressive how it fills your mouth yet remains fresh. It’s so framed.
Delivery to Storage from 5 Dec 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £479.00
Alter Ego de Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £320.00
2017

Alter Ego de Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

This is a delicious and savory wine with beautiful, ripe and creamy tannins, as well as chocolate and plum character. Full body. The flavors turn to wet earth and mushrooms with some leather. A blend of 53% merlot, 41% cabernet sauvignon and 6% petit verdot. Lovely finish. Try after 2021.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £320.00
Alter Ego de Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £319.50
2019

Alter Ego de Palmer 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (94)

Cinnamon spice on the nose, with a patisserie edge to the fruits that gives a rich, creamy impression. As ever with the Palmer stable of wines, you can pick out the individual flavours clearly, with careful and precise delineation of cassis, bilberry, slate and tobacco notes, but overall this is an outstanding Alter Ego that puts the emphasis on pleasure. Tannins are extremely precise but feathery and pliable. An extremely low 37ppm of SO2 at this stage, in keeping with biodynamic principles and a desire to let the fruit speak. 3.62ph. 45hl/h yield, 45% of overall production in Alter Ego.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Sep 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 94 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £319.50
Alter Ego de Palmer 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £303.00
2020

Alter Ego de Palmer 2020 (6x75cl)

Vinous (NM) (92-94)

The 2020 Alter Ego is very pure on the nose, almost Burgundian in style with lush blueberry, boysenberry, crushed violets and a touch of vanilla. It is not a powerful bouquet but it seems to gain momentum with aeration, finding its own voice with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite grippy tannins for Alter Ego, possibly because of tasting slightly later (Thomas Duroux commented it is the most tannic that he has produced.) Crustacea-tinged black fruit lacquer the mouth, fresh and very delineated on the finish. Maybe it needs a little more sustain on the aftertaste, though that may evolve throughout its élevage.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 92-94 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £303.00
Palmer 1955 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £684.00
1955

Palmer 1955 (1x75cl)
See photograph Delivery to Storage from 21 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 - In Bond: £684.00
Palmer 1961 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £2,190.00
1961

Palmer 1961 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, two bottles of 1961 Château Palmer were opened and compared. The first was a great bottle of wine, beautifully balanced and complex, and yet not quite living up to its status as one of the legendary bottles of the 20th century. That said, I still scored it around the 96 or 97 point mark. The second lived up to the billing. Coming from the late great John Avery's cellar, that is to say, purchased on release and never moved, the first difference is the slightly deeper color compared to the first bottle. The bouquet is difficult to capture in words. Heavenly, ethereal, moving and profound - they are all applicable here. It is still a wine in its prime, with dark berry fruit, hints of graphite and mineral, a touch of wilted violet petals. Its ineffable purity knocks you sideways. The palate is defined by its filigree framework of tannin - precise and lace-like, lending it the texture of a mature Richebourg. Yet it is unmistakably Margaux because there is stunning structure on the finish, astounding precision and a never-ending aftertaste that is borderline supernatural. This bottle reminds me of the first time I tasted the 1961 Palmer several years ago when I gave a perfect score without hesitation. This is exactly the same: a perfect wine and a bona fide legend. Tasted May 2015.
See photographs Delivery to Storage from 21 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,190.00
Palmer 1996 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £3,128.00
1996

Palmer 1996 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (91)

Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1996 Château Palmer is a wine that never quite fulfilled its potential. There is satisfactory fruit intensity on the nose, blackberry and truffle, a touch of vanilla and violet developing with time in the glass. The palate still feels a little backward, but there is good grip and freshness. This is a harmonious 1996 Margaux and yet it feels conservative and straight-laced on the tobacco-infused finish. It is quite a serious Palmer, yet it does not quite back it up in terms of complexity or, for want of a better word, soul. Good...but you end up wanting more, especially having tasted the likes of 2000, 2005 and 2010 alongside. Tasted May 2015.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,128.00
Palmer 1998 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £2,568.00
1998

Palmer 1998 (12x75cl)

Stephen Tanzer - Vinous (90-92 )

Very deep purple-ruby. Perfumed, ripe aromas of blackberry and vanilla. High-pitched but thick in the mouth, with a sweet flavor of blackberry syrup and firm underlying backbone. Finishes with very strong dark berry fruit and big, tongue-coating tannins.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 90-92 (ST) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,568.00
Palmer 2003 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,262.00
2003

Palmer 2003 (6x75cl)

Wine Enthusiast (94)

With its usual high proportion of Merlot, Palmer 2003 was always going to be a generous, very ripe wine. And so it is proving, but what is so satisfying about the wine at this stage is that the great sweet fruit, which comes right out of the glass. Underneath, of course, there are tannins, so this wine could be drunk soon, and then aged for another 15 years. Imported by Diageo Chateau & Estates.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94 (WE) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,262.00
Palmer 2004 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £2,765.00
2004

Palmer 2004 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

This stunning wine is one of the vintage’s great successes. Administrator Thomas Duroux has fashioned a modern day version of Palmer’s brilliant 1966. Displaying a rare combination of power and elegance, this dense purple-colored offering exhibits notes of blackberries, truffles, flowers, incense, and camphor. Long, classic, and medium to full-bodied with stunning texture and richness, this superb effort is a candidate for the finest Margaux of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025+. Also tasted: 2004 Alter Ego de Palmer (88)
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 5 94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,765.00
Palmer 2007 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £2,135.00
2007

Palmer 2007 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Palmer has an opulent bouquet for the vintage, something almost Mediterranean tincturing the lifted red berry fruit laced with sage and even a suggestion of oregano. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, a fine bead of acidity, gentle and caressing but with a powerful, almost heady finish. If you are looking for an extravagant wine this vintage, then Palmer is the place to come, though maybe it has just dispensed a little of its luster since I last tasted it. Tasted February 2017.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,135.00
Palmer 2007 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,164.00
2007

Palmer 2007 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Palmer has an opulent bouquet for the vintage, something almost Mediterranean tincturing the lifted red berry fruit laced with sage and even a suggestion of oregano. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, a fine bead of acidity, gentle and caressing but with a powerful, almost heady finish. If you are looking for an extravagant wine this vintage, then Palmer is the place to come, though maybe it has just dispensed a little of its luster since I last tasted it. Tasted February 2017.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,164.00
Palmer 2008 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £2,367.00
2008

Palmer 2008 (12x75cl)

Decanter (95)

This has a deeper grip of fruit, one of the best so far, delivering spades of Margaux typicity and a gorgeous balance of seamlessly linked fruit, tannin and acidity. This is the right time to be drinking this wine, but it will still unfurl further. Flavours of pencil lead, brambly blackberry fruits and a cedar swirl. A gold for me, in a silver vintage.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,367.00
Palmer 2009 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £3,105.00
2009

Palmer 2009 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Palmer delivers a beguiling array of black fruit—warm plums, cassis and black cherry compote—with kirsch and wild sage sparks plus profound suggestions of fragrant earth, black truffles, iron ore and liquid licorice. Full-bodied, rich and decadently seductive in the mouth, the generous fruit is superbly framed with plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,105.00
Palmer 2010 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £3,000.00
2010

Palmer 2010 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
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Palmer 2010 (1x150cl)
In Bond: £543.00
2010

Palmer 2010 (1x150cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 21 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 1x150cl 2 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £543.00
Palmer 2010 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £334.50
2010

Palmer 2010 (1x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
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Palmer 2010 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £1,092.50
2010

Palmer 2010 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
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Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,092.50
Palmer 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,187.50
2010

Palmer 2010 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.
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Palmer 2011 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £229.00
2011

Palmer 2011 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 17 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £229.00
Palmer 2011 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £684.00
2011

Palmer 2011 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Bordeaux 3x75cl 5 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £684.00
Palmer 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,368.00
2011

Palmer 2011 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Dec 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,368.00
Palmer 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,047.00
2013

Palmer 2013 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (93)

Extremely perfumed and floral with hints of currants. Full body, firm and silky. Pretty fruit and finish. Bright and firm too. Milk chocolate on the finish. Drink in 2018 but already joyful.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 93 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,047.00
Palmer 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,912.50
2015

Palmer 2015 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99-100)

A wine with incredible character and style with black ink and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full body, extremely fresh and structured with riffing tannins. It is muscular and powerful. White pepper, sea salt, mineral, stone character. A wine built for the long term. The making of the new 1961.
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Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99-100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,912.50
Palmer 2016 (1x75cl)
In Bond: £260.00
2016

Palmer 2016 (1x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

Still showing the color of a barrel sample, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished, fresh, vibrant and pure. The wine tastes as if you ran into the vineyard and grabbed a handful of grapes off the vine, and you ate them just moments before they were crushed. The fruit has so much purity, energy and sensuality, it is impossible not to go back to the glass for another sniff, swirl and sip. Another interesting point is the addition of a gentle chalky minerality in the finish, adding a beautiful layer to the complexity. This is easily one of the great vintages of Chateau Palmer and will age for decades with no effort.
OWC1 Delivery to Storage from 18 Oct 2021

Bordeaux 1x75cl 2 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £260.00
Palmer 2016 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £1,699.00
2016

Palmer 2016 (3x150cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

Still showing the color of a barrel sample, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished, fresh, vibrant and pure. The wine tastes as if you ran into the vineyard and grabbed a handful of grapes off the vine, and you ate them just moments before they were crushed. The fruit has so much purity, energy and sensuality, it is impossible not to go back to the glass for another sniff, swirl and sip. Another interesting point is the addition of a gentle chalky minerality in the finish, adding a beautiful layer to the complexity. This is easily one of the great vintages of Chateau Palmer and will age for decades with no effort.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,699.00
Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,444.00
2016

Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

Still showing the color of a barrel sample, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished, fresh, vibrant and pure. The wine tastes as if you ran into the vineyard and grabbed a handful of grapes off the vine, and you ate them just moments before they were crushed. The fruit has so much purity, energy and sensuality, it is impossible not to go back to the glass for another sniff, swirl and sip. Another interesting point is the addition of a gentle chalky minerality in the finish, adding a beautiful layer to the complexity. This is easily one of the great vintages of Chateau Palmer and will age for decades with no effort.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,444.00
Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,152.50
2017

Palmer 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97+)

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!
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Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,152.50
Palmer 2018 (1x300cl)
In Bond: £1,971.00
2018

Palmer 2018 (1x300cl)

Vinous (AG) (100)

The 2018 Palmer is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel, and that is saying something. Rich, exotic and beautifully layered, Palmer is a real head-turner in 2018. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, espresso and sweet floral notes build over time, but it is the wine's stunning depth and textural voluptuousness that elevate it into the realm of the truly sublime. As I wrote in my initial review, the 2018 Palmer is a freak of nature from yields of just 11 hectoliters per hectare harvested over an entire month. Mildew was especially punishing. There is no Alter Ego, just the Grand Vin. Kudos to CEO Thomas Duroux and his team for what I can only describe as a truly magical wine.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 1x300cl 1 100 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,971.00
Palmer 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,986.00
2018

Palmer 2018 (6x75cl)

Vinous (AG) (100)

The 2018 Palmer is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel, and that is saying something. Rich, exotic and beautifully layered, Palmer is a real head-turner in 2018. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, espresso and sweet floral notes build over time, but it is the wine's stunning depth and textural voluptuousness that elevate it into the realm of the truly sublime. As I wrote in my initial review, the 2018 Palmer is a freak of nature from yields of just 11 hectoliters per hectare harvested over an entire month. Mildew was especially punishing. There is no Alter Ego, just the Grand Vin. Kudos to CEO Thomas Duroux and his team for what I can only describe as a truly magical wine.
In Stock in Bordeaux

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,986.00

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