2008 Chateau Palmer

2008 Chateau Palmer

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  • Type: Red Wine
  • Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
  • Style: Mellow and Flamboyant
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Country: France
  • Region: Bordeaux
  • Subregion: Margaux
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Château Palmer is named after a British officer, Colonel Charles Palmer (later Maj. General), who settled in Bordeaux in 1814. It is located in the centre of the Margaux appellation, and its vineyards lie on a plateau of clay and gravel soils. Historically the estate has always prided itself on the exceptional quality of its wines, declassifying whole vintages (as in 1963 and 1968) when conditions weren’t conducive to the usual high standards of the property. Classified as a 3ème Cru Classé, it punches significantly above its classification. Since the 2017 vintage, they have been certified 100% biodynamic.

A blend of 51% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Petit Verdot. The dense, purple-hued wine has loads of smoke, liquorice, incense, blackberry, leather, and forest floor notes. It is extraordinarily intense and full-bodied with velvety and muscular tannins. On the palate, it has black cherry and bilberry, accompanied by complex baked earth, black truffles, and saffron spice. The finish is spicy and long. Aged in 60% new oak which adds to its complexity. The 51% Merlot blend is quite unusual for 2008 and for Palmer, making it quite sophisticated and idiosyncratic. The sweet start and soft, rich texture make it quite seductive and lively. With a slightly minty and cool finish, it is quite electric and comes with a 13.4% alcohol content.

A decadent wine marries with decadent flavoured dishes such as cornish game hen with wild rice stuffing and grilled quail with pomegranate glaze as well as Spice rubbed and seared pork tenderloin with cherry compote.

A stunning wine that’s concentrated and complex, that is delicious currently but will continue to age beautifully for decades to come.

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