Chateau Palmer Spectacular
Château Palmer is an absolute legend. One of Bordeaux's top Châteaux, here is your chance to sample their £350 Grand Vin 2005 along with a £270 Historical XIX and their £105 'second' wine Alter Ego 2010.
Château Palmer got its name in 1814 when it was purchased by General Charles Palmer, a veteran of the Napoleonic wars. He expanded the property and then sold it in 1844 just a few years before the Medoc classification of 1855. Because it changed hands twice at that time, its owners were unable to fulfil the Château's potential before classification so it was only awarded third growth status.
But afterwards Palmer's track record (and price) soared - it is now regarded as better than any 2nd growth Margaux and in the latter half of the last century it even regularly outperformed famous 1st growth Ch. Margaux (which is right next door)!
The total vineyard area covers 55 hectares, which sits proudly atop the excellent gravel plateau in the heart of the Margaux appellation overlooking the river. Palmer has an unsusually high percentage of Merlot planted (far more than its neighbours), which no doubt contributes to the generous and voluptuous flavour that makes this wine so distinctive.
Come along and try Château Palmer 2005, said to be among the best Palmer vintages ever produced!
We'll hear about all the innovations the Château has introduced - biodynamic farming, optical infrared analysis of fruit before harvest and multi-level conical fermenters which allow for small parcel wine making and blending.
Open to taste:
- Château Palmer 2005 Grand Vin (£350)
This is a blockbuster vintage for Palmer with massive concentration of superb quality fruit and volume down 20% from the previous year. Splendidly rich, ripe and generous wine destined to become a legend. The 78-year-old former winemaker said in his view the 2005 surpassed the legends of 1961, 1983 and 1989 at the same stage.
- Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2010 (£105)
Alter Ego is made with less extraction and shorter maceration in order to be approachable earlier than the Grand Vin. In this excellent vintage it’s a bigger wine than usual with intense and ripe flavour and a lovely fresh finish.
- Palmer Historical XIX Century Wine (£285)
A tasting of the 1869 vintage inspired chief winemaker Thomas Duroux to reintroduce this historical curiosity. In the 19th century it was commonplace in Bordeaux to add a small proportion of Northern Rhône Syrah to the blend. So since 2005 (in select years only) Chateau Palmer has released small volumes of Historical XIX as a blend of 50/50 Palmer Cabernet and Merlot with 10-15% Syrah added depending on the vintage. This is the 2007, although regulations do not allow them to print the vintage on the label - it must be sold as Vin de Table!
We will build up to these by first sampling other wines from the Sichel family (winemakers, negociants and majority owners of Château Palmer since 1938):
- Château Argadens Bordeaux Blanc 2016. Palmer only makes tiny quantities of white wine, but other properties in the Sichel family stable fill the gap
- The Society's Claret 2015, made for the Wine Society by the Sichel family
- Château Angludet Margaux 2014. An excellent introduction to the Margaux AOC appellation from a property dating back to the 12th century that has been the Sichel family home since 1961. A high proportion of Petit Verdot (13%) is planted here
In total £783-worth of wine will be opened at this tasting!
This event is limited to 12 participants so act quickly if you want a space.
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Course Date/Time: Thu 12th Oct 2017 at 7pm
Venue: Royal Cambridge Hotel, Trumpington St