2018 Château Palmer
From December to July, incessant rains caused the development of mildew. In the summer, the vines concentrated their energy on the remaining grapes. Their power reached an exceptional level. All this led to an unprecedented decision: each lot would be selected for the blending of Château Palmer. A rainy winter accompanied the dormant vines, moistening the soil and causing late buds to develop. Despite our care, the rain that continued to fall during the spring months, combined with very mild temperatures, led to the development of mildew with impressive virulence. Fortunately, the weather improved dramatically under exceptional circumstances.
The summer was hot and dry. The véraison started in the first week of August and allowed the process to catch up on the delay. In August and September the sun was ideal, the nights were cool and not a drop of rain fell. All these circumstances together made possible an exceptional degree of maturity. Due to the low yield, the vine concentrated all its energy on the remaining bunches, leading to a tannin and aromatic concentration in the grapes that had rarely been observed before in the estate's past. Sorting was of the utmost importance this year. The daily tastings during the winemaking process confirmed the incredible qualitative potential of the harvest. Each parcel was extremely powerful and concentrated, leading us to make an unprecedented decision: that they would all become part of the final blend of Château Palmer. A vintage that will undoubtedly write history...
The grapes were harvested from September 13 to October 10. The wine is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. With yields of just 11 hectoliters per hectare, Château Palmer produced only about a third of a normal harvest. There will only be about 6,000 bottles of Palmer in 2018. There will be no second wine this year. 'But', said technical director Thomas Duroux on the positive side, 'in 1961 we only achieved 12 hectoliters per hectare.' The problem was mildew during the first part of the growing season. It didn't help that Palmer was committed to organic/biodynamic viticulture, which ultimately simply wasn't enough to prevent the latest wave of mildew infections that hit after the July 4 rains. “Mildew was so aggressive this year,” Duroux sighed. “Even after the closure of the forests, the mildew persisted. It was very difficult to deal with it; there are no rules." Fortunately, it became dry and warm soon afterwards, providing optimal conditions for ripening the rest of the harvest. “I have never seen such concentration and such depth in the ripening berries in my career. Our decision was to take our time. A very important factor was harvesting each plot with perfect phenolic ripeness. It took us more than a month to harvest just 600 hectoliters!” Duroux concluded our conversation by saying the following about winemaking: “We had to be very careful with the extraction. The IPT in 2010 – a tannic vintage – was 65. This year it was 85. This is the most powerful Palmer ever.” The result is simply breathtaking, my perfume award for 2018 goes to Palmer."
The wine is deep purple-black in color, the nose is a little reserved at first, but with insistence it slowly emerges showing violets, wood, bark and iron ore with exponentially growing notes of crème de cassis. Later there is black plum jam, hoisin, Christmas cake and red roses with hints of earth, spices and ground black pepper. Full, concentrated and downright powerful on the palate, with a firm structure of firm, wonderfully soft tannins and loads of fragrant accents, with a very long and very spicy aftertaste. WOW!
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Château Palmer is located in the heart of the Margaux appellation in the Bordeaux wine region. The 66 hectares of vineyards have a gravel soil and the vines overlook the Gironde River. The area with its rich ancient history and nourishing microclimate is a fantastic environment for the vines. Here they can flourish and grow under the passionate care of the people of Château Palmer. Behind every great wine is a great terroir. This is also the case at Château Palmer, which is located on a long strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde. The land is well drained, rich in the deposits of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. It is difficult soil for agriculture, but exceptional for grapes. Of course, the vines also need good care in order to perform optimally. And that is certainly entrusted to the employees of Château Palmer! Full of passion and love for the vines, they cultivate the demanding terroir. The people of this winery are more than just colleagues. Together they embrace the common core values of Château Palmer and are therefore extremely dynamic, curious, passionate, open-minded and determined. In short, they live for and with the vineyards.
|Type of Wine
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard