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Château Palmer,Premier Grand Cru Classé, Margaux

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Region: Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés
Refined Region: Margaux
Vintage: 1989
Grape Varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon 52% Merlot 41% Petit Verdot 6% Cabernet Franc 1% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 13.5%%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
One of the stars of the vintage, this has everything going for it. The delicate, floral nose complicated by truffle, floral, blackberry, forest floor and spice notes.
Sensuous, harmonious and polished, this wonderful vintage of Palmer is showing beautifully today but will continue improving for at least another 2 decades.
This Palmer may well turn out to be a modern-day clone of the glorious 1953. Seán Gilley

The Domaine
Towards the demise of the Napolean era in 1814, Englishman Major General Charles Palmer crossed over to France and using a huge amount of capital, acquired the Chateau Gasque. This was the beginning of Chateau Palmer. The chateau then changed hands to banking family, the Pereire brothers and further development was carried out. However, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the chateau was relinquished and in 1938 it was bought by a few families from Bordeaux, England and the Netherlands. For these families it was worth the political risk acquiring the Palmer vineyard as they continued aiming for consistent improvement in quality. As a result of this unyielding effort, the wonderful terroir of Palmer bloomed and a magnificent wine was born.

Palmer's 1989 is one of the vintage's great successes. The wine exhibits a dark ruby/purple colour, a sweet, jammy nose of black fruits, intermingled with floral scents, licorice, and a touch of truffles. Full-bodied and supple, with low acidity, copious quantities of ripe fruit and glycerin, and a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, harmonious, seamless texture, this is a gorgeous Palmer. It may turn out similar to this estate's brilliant 1962 and 1953. Although approachable, it will improve for another decade, and last for 20-25 years. The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, 02/01/1997

Good immature, full colour. Rich, closed-in, slightly adolescent nose. No undue density. Just taking its time to come round. Lots of depth on the palate. Still some tannins. But rich and sophisticated. Very good grip. Long and lovely. This is very fine. The Vine, Clive Coates, 01/01/2002

Deep garnet. Initially more closed than the 85 and the 86 but opens out to great complexity. Fresh cedary spice and tobacco on the nose. Sweet plummy fruit put also blackcurrant pastille purity and a delicate floral note. Ripe dark fruit, some capsicum. Lovely savoury almost meaty palate and undergrowth but all balanced. Fine combination of sweet fruit, savoury and a hint of mintness. Fine, precise tannins but still quite muscular. Dark savoury aftertaste. Tannins still have grip but more rounded than the 86 and thicker and more chocolatey. Minty note gets stronger with time in the glass.Drink 2001-2020. Jancis Robinson, 09/14/2009

Food Pairing
Beef, duck, lamb and roast chicken.

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