99 pts, Jeb Dunnuck – 98 pts (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast – 98 pts Robert Parker
There is very little doubt that Chateau Palmer is one of the best producers of wine in the world. The famous Margaux winery of rich history was one famous purchased by the Pereire brothers, the rivals of the Rothschild Family in 1853. Because of the purchase so close to the the 1855 classification, they weren’t able to bring their chateau to a First Growth level in time and as such we’re placed in the Third Growths.
Their 2009 flagship wine is one of the best bottles of Bordeaux. It shows so much- elegance, density and finesse. It’s so perfectly structured– finely woven tannins perfectly blend together. A Cab/Merlot dominant blend that just speaks crazy loud volumes. One of the best of the best.
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99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2009 Palmer is unquestionably one of the greatest young Bordeaux I’ve tasted, and it has a rare mix of richness and elegance that’s incredible. Blackcurrants, violets, lead pencil shavings and a touch of minerality all emerge from this rich, massively concentrated Margaux that still glides across the palate with no sense of weight or heaviness. It’s perfectly balanced, has a ripe, hedonistic core of fruit, as well as integrated acidity. It’s a dream today, but is going to have 30-40 years or more of prime drinking.
98 Points (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast
A beautiful wine, with the firmest tannins surrounded by perfumed fruit. It is dense, of course, but this density is balanced with great elegance, blackberry fruits, sweetness and final juicy acidity. The wine is structured, a powerhouse of concentration while preserving this complete style.
98 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Palmer delivers a beguiling array of black fruit—warm plums, cassis and black cherry compote—with kirsch and wild sage sparks plus profound suggestions of fragrant earth, black truffles, iron ore and liquid licorice. Full-bodied, rich and decadently seductive in the mouth, the generous fruit is superbly framed with plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.