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60 years of Chateau Palmer


Tasted October 8, 2021 by frenchiecago with 109 views


An amazing tasting of Chateau Palmer through great vintages...and a few other great wines

Flight 1 (11 notes)

Rosé - Sparkling
2012 Ultramarine Pinot Noir Rosé Heintz Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 points
My first experience with Ultramarine. Beautiful wine, showing power and freshness, deep red fruits and a fine mousse, finishing long. This is absolutely delicious and needs food. Could compare with Champagne though it doesn't have the chalkiness.
1959 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
94 points
First wine of the Chateau Palmer vertical. Captivating nose fully on tertiary notes and a slight "Bordeaux funk". Floral, mushroom, forest floor, everything you'd want from an old Bordeaux, on steroids. The palate felt a tad short however, short in length but also in aromas after this fantastic nose. Still a stunner full of energy after 62 years!
1961 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
97 points
Phenomenal wine after 60 years. The nose is perfumed with subtle floral notes, cigar box, truffles. On the palate, it's silky, balanced with medium length. The very last drop released a bomb of bright red fruit that felt like an eternity. Everything was seamless and integrated. When you think of the age of this bottle, you can't help but feel humbled. A pure class act of elegance.
1970 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
Part of a flight of Chateau Palmer, this is probably the one that didn't seem at its best. No rating since some thought it may have a slight TCA taint. I think this bottle might have been off.
1989 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
95 points
In a night of outstanding wines, this showed a lot of potential. Coming after a 1961, this clearly displayed its youth and power and, at 32 years of age, seemed like it was just starting to develop secondary aromas. Amazing texture, as other Chateau Palmer that night. I'd love to taste this wine in 30 years; I think this wine still is a baby and could become the next 1961.
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N.V. Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend L.20.10. France, Vin de Table Français
Very cool to taste something so unique. The Syrah certainly gives a deeper color to the wine with subtle purple hues. The wine seemed fuller, more floral and meaty as well, with a silky texture. This drinks very well right now and may have some upside from here.
2009 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
After a flight of legendary vintages (1959, 1961, 1989), it was a very tough act to follow and that's why I won't put a rating on this one. Clearly showing the power of the vintage. A wine to watch and, after tasting such old vintages from this property, it felt like an infanticide. Lay it down for a while.
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2014 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
92 points
Excellent Palmer, which drinks very well right now. I think this is in a very good window right now. Good balance between fruit, tannins and acidity, it's a real pleasure to drink. I'm not sure how this will age but it certainly has several years ahead.
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2015 François Raveneau Chablis France, Burgundy, Chablis
My first experience with Raveneau. Unfortunately this was at the end of a very long tasting and my palate was already tainted and tired, which is why I won't give a rating. However, what certainly is striking is the texture that I've heard Raveneau is famous for. The wine also feels very together and quite remarkable for "just a Chablis AOC". Impressive.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1979 Clos Joliette Jurançon Demi-Sec France, Southwest France, Jurançon
Surprising wine that seemed off and even possibly tainted at the end of a very long tasting. However, it was better on day 3, with no TCA taint when it was cold but with a slight flavor that resembled TCA as it warmed up.
It's also neither sweet nor dry, it keeps bouncing between the 2. Acidity is pretty high and I wonder if it started eating its sugars.
Nevertheless, on the back it seemed to have potential, with very clear bitter orange notes. I can't wait to try another bottle of another vintage.
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