chateau palmer 3eme cru classe, margaux 2017
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97
DECANTER
97

2017 chateau palmer 3eme cru classe, margaux

Why We're Buying

Most châteaux produce a grand vin and a second wine. Not Château Palmer. It has two labels, one named after the winery and another called Alter Ego de Palmer. While the red wines use the same terroir, they require different winemaking techniques and proportions. This ingenuity is a testament to the creativity and quality that has made Château Palmer a staple of Margaux.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's 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! Rating: 97+

DECANTER
97

Decanter

Beautifully powerful and precise with great depth and character to the fruit, despite the austerity that is more evident now than it was during En Primeur as the wine has begun bed down. These tannins are finely boned but they are plentiful, providing strength in numbers. Bottled end of August after 21 months of ageing. Clearly going to age well, this has concentration, intensity and seriousness where the Alter Ego is more gourmet. A precise and intellectual Palmer, a very fine example of the wine, with a sense of place and a purity to the fruit expression.

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

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.

TIM ATKIN
97

Tim Atkin

Deep inky purple colour. More fruit and less obvious oak than the Alter-Ego. Bright purple fruit with blueberry and raspberry aromas. Very rich and concentrated and deep fruit and spice. Cloves, cinnamon and cream with damson and plum, some floral perfume but more St Julien in style in some ways – serious and structures. Mouth-coating tannins on the finish, but with a great balance and freshness.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

Fruit and supple tannins mingle in this balanced,classic wine. Black-currant flavors are lifted by the energetic acidity and the freshness of the crisp texture. This wine will develop easily, giving pleasure all the way. Drink from 2023.

JEB DUNNUCK
95

Jeb Dunnuck

The grand vin 2017 Chateau Palmer checks in as 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak. This deep purple-colored beauty gives up more cassis fruits as well as hints of chocolate, graphite, smoked herbs, and crushed violets. Beautifully concentrated, rich, and full-bodied, it has a wonderful sense of elegance and purity, laser-like precision, building tannins, and a great finish. Give bottles a solid 7-8 years and it's going to evolve for 25-30 years or more. Rating: 95+

JAMES SUCKLING
98

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.