Red

1970 Château Palmer

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Margaux
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Community Tasting Notes 221

  • ccn wrote: 94 points

    July 29, 2020 - Outstanding bottle. Opened in advance but not decanted. At first a very complex and subtle nose of mushrooms and sous bois. Over two hours built to a rich, long and complex wine with tobacco leaf, smoke, and a surprisingly rich mid-palate. Still quite dark red and seems like this go on for quite a bit more time — though no reason to wait.

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  • LGBH Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 7, 2020 - Was slightly worried as bottle had a bit of fungus under the foil top and cork was very damp. Managed to gently pry out the very fragile cork but was rewarded with a beautiful balanced, fully mature but still surprisingly fresh claret. What a treat! Clearly orange on the rim. Finish was quietly lingering and wonderful to savour. Classy and elegant would be the key words I would use. Am going to hunt myself down a few more bottles!
    As ACheng noted , drink this all by itself and enjoy! Food will just overpower it.

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  • acheng wrote: 91 points

    May 26, 2020 - Still drinking well after 50 years. In fact, this bottle drank better than the last one I had. Well into the tertiary spectrum. I decanted half and left half in bottle. Surprisingly, the portion in the decanter drank better than that in the bottle after 4 hours. Dried orange peel, leather bureau and cedar spice. Tannin has completely melted away and acidity held in check. A contemplative drink. Paired it with steak. Overpowered by the food. Drinks better on its own or with milder meat like veal chop.

  • brooklynguy Likes this wine:

    January 21, 2020 - Stood up for 4 days, decanted off sediment at 5:20 and back into bottle, drank at about 8. The aromatics were more pungent sooner after the decant, but still were lovely and graceful old stewed red fruit, leather, and soil aromas, feels very much a classic old claret on the nose. Expressive and vibrant still, and perfectly balanced on the palate. Drunk next to (after) 59 and 66 Palmer, and did not show the exceptionally punch of the 66, or the completeness of the 59. But very, very good.

  • Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

    January 19, 2020 - Earthy, with loads of cigar box, cedar chest, tobacco leaf, red fruits and a touch of flowers, the wine is medium-bodied with an elegant touch to the fruit. This has moved past full maturity and should be drunk over the next 5 years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2008, Issue #13, Château Palmer: Margaux at its Finest

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    8/21/2007 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2006, Issue #4, 1970 Claret: Thirty-six Years’ Young

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  • By John Gilman
    Bonus Articles, Recently Tasted Claret (November 2003)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/10/2008 (link) 90 points

    (Château Palmer) Medium red violet color with pale meniscus; mature cassis and tart black fruit nose; tart black fruit and iron palate; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/16/2004 (link) 93 points

    (Château Palmer) Slightly raisiny, mature nose; fully mature, good tertiary flavors, with subtle cedar; medium finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1970
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Palmer
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Margaux
  • UPC Code 088156980841

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  • Pending Delivery 24 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,262 (65%)
  • Consumed 659 (34%)

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