chateau palmer 3eme cru classe, margaux 2019
JAMES SUCKLING
98
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

2019 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

JAMES SUCKLING
98

James Suckling

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.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Palmer rolls out of the glass with warm cassis, baked plums and boysenberries scents plus hints of candied violets, star anise and dried bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is generously fruited, with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Rating: 96+

DECANTER
98

Decanter

One of the great years of Bordeaux now at 10 years old and showing why this is such an unusual vintage in terms of the depth of structure and muscular concentration that was achieved. In fact, I am upping the drinking window from the last time I tasted this, as there is such a pulse of life and grip that shows no signs of going anywhere. The initial layers are starting to be peeled back, but this retains primary black and blue fruits that are still full of flesh alongside baked earth, tons of liquorice and black chocolate with a grippy tannic structure, fresh acidities and a serious attitude. Brilliant stuff, that is clearly going to power on for decades. Harvest September 22 to October 20.

WINE SPECTATOR
96

Wine Spectator

This is riveting, with terrific tarry grip coursing underneath layers of smoldering bay leaf, warm plum confiture, freshly brewed espresso, dark cassis and well-steeped black tea. The charcoal and tobacco backdrop is gorgeous and should move forward through the core of fruit over time. Be patient though, as the structure is ironclad. This will really be electric once mature. Best from 2017 through 2040.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
97

Wine Enthusiast

While outwardly this wine is generous and opulent with great juicy sweetness, the core is structured and powerful. The wine is concentrated and complex, with dark tannins and a brooding, dense texture. This is a wine with a long-lived future. Cellar Selection