Chateau Palmer Wine tasting at WWWB with Jean Louis Carbonnier

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 07:30 PM

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It’s not from Napa. I can’t tell you whether it’s a merlot or cabernet. … I can’t say because it’s a 1947 Cheval Blanc. About half merlot, half cabernet franc.

Gustavo, Bottle Shock (2008)



We have been drinking some great Bordeaux this month with Chateau La Dominique tonight, Chateau Pape Clement tomorrow night and then we have one of the top wines from the Margaux appellation next week with Chateau Palmer at the Wine Watch Wine Bar on Wednesday, October 25th!

This event features eight different wines from Chateau Palmer going back to the 1970 vintage including two vintages of the Alter Ego, a second wine created by the property in 1998.  Jean Louis Charbonnier will be here to discuss the different vintages and dinner is included at the $150 price.  We only have room for 12 tasters at this event, if you would like to attend this great Margaux tasting respond to this e-mail or call 954-523-9463 during business hours (10:30 – 7:30) or e-mail me anytime

Chateau Palmer tasting with General Manager Jean-Louis Charbonnier
Wednesday, October 25th
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Alter Ego de Chateau Margaux 2009 (Magnum)
Price: $295.00    Sale $259.60
(91 points) A second wine that has improved dramatically is the Alter Ego de Palmer. The 2009, a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, exhibits aromas of blackberries, cassis, chocolate, roasted espresso and a smoky/foresty note. This hedonistic, juicy, succulent Margaux is meant to be consumed in its first 10-15 years of life. (RP) (12/2011) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Alter Ego de Chateau Margaux 2012
Price: $112.50    Sale $99.00
(93 points) Another brilliant example from administrator Thomas Duroux and his team, the intense second wine, Palmer’s 2012 Alter Ego (51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot), offers up plenty of blackberry and crème de cassis notes along with some spring flowers, licorice and subtle background oak. Opulently textured, full-bodied and stunning, this is an outrageously successful second wine to drink over the next 12-15 years. (RP) (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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2009 Chateau Palmer Margaux
Price: $445    Sale $391.60
(97 Points) One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and That's exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #199, February 2012

2007 Chateau Palmer Margaux
Price: $285.00    Sale $250.80
90 points Wine Spectator: "An interesting combination of black licorice, light toasty oak and wet earth. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicately fruity finish, along with smoky wood. This has a very silky palate, with a lovely texture. Very polished. Best after 2012." (03/10)

2006 Chateau Palmer Margaux
Price: $300.00    Sale $264
(93 Points) Coffee, plum and spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with lovely fruit and a soft, silky-textured finish. Very balanced and beautiful, with lots of violet, new wood and richness. Long. Needs time. Best after 2015. Wine Spectator

2004 Chateau Palmer Margaux
Price: $345.00    Sale $303.60
(91 Points) Aromas of licorice tar and mineral follow through to a full-bodied palate with silky tannins and a medium finish. A very pretty wine already. Falls a little short but still outstanding. Best after 2009. 6000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator, March 2007

1998 Chateau Palmer Margaux
Price: $275.00    Sale Price: $225.00
Quantity in Stock: 6

(91 Points) Very deep garnet colour. Smokey / spicy aromas with some sweaty saddles, cloves and white pepper complimenting the core of warm cassis. The medium+ bodied wine is quite muscular with concentrated, somewhat masculine / savoury fruit juxtaposed by the elegance of structure. Medium to firm very fine tannins and medium+ acidity. Long finish. In Asia # 0310, Mar 2010

1982 Chateau Palmer Margaux

1970 Chateau Palmer Margaux
Price: $500.00    Sale Price: $395.00
Quantity in Stock: 3

(94 points) "...fruity core of warm cherries backed up by game, tobacco leaf and a subtle earthy / mushroom character...Long layered finish of savoury and mineral flavours..." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, In Asia, May 2009


Foie Gras Torchon Jam Gar with Ciabatta Bread toasted with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Rare Sliced Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Cheese Au Gratin Potato

The fee for this tasting is $150 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail


This is a seated event and there are only 12 seats available for this tasting.  The fee for this tasting is $150 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail

A bit about Chateau Palmer:

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Connoisseurs have argued for the last three decades that Château Palmer is perhaps the greatest source of embarrassment to those who staunchly maintain the contemporary relevance of the 1855 Classification of the great châteaux of the Médoc.  It was for the Exposition Universelle of Paris in that year that Bordeaux wine merchants and brokers gathered to classify the top Bordeaux châteaux into a quality classification system of five crus (often referred to as growths).  Altogether, about sixty châteaux were classified; the top names - Lafite, Margaux, Latour etc. - have since become world famous.  These elite châteaux were among a handful of properties accorded the status of premier cru; Château Palmer was classified a troisieme (3rd) cru.  Today most close observers feel that Palmer's consistent high quality merits premier cru status.

Château Palmer's origins can be traced back to 1748 when it originated from a division of Château d'Issan and passed into the hands of the Gascq family who named it Château de Gascq. The château was purchased by Major General Charles Palmer, who arrived with Wellington's army and decided to settle in Bordeaux and invest money.  Palmer renamed the château, and in the ensuing three decades it emerged as one of the great properties of the Médoc.  However, General Palmer ran into financial trouble in the 1840's and was forced to sell the property.  When the 1855 Classification was created, Château Palmer was mired in problems ensuing from a decade of neglect and financial troubles.  That the château was classified even as high as a third growth was probably in deference to its former glories in the 1820's and 1830's and to its future prospects under the new order.  During the 1850's the power and influence of the great bankers was at its zenith.  In 1853 Nathaniel Rothschild bought Mouton; his rival, Isaac-Rodrigue Pereire, bought Palmer.  The Pereire family invested great sums of money, built a magnificent château, and restored Palmer to its former glory.  Palmer has been sold several times since, but continuity for the last century has been maintained continuously by several generations of the Chadron family which has actually managed the château. In the last three decades Palmer has risen to glorious heights; from 1961 up to 1978 it made better wine than its neighbor, the illustrious Château Margaux.  However, since the resurgence of Margaux with the 1978 vintage, Palmer once again must play second fiddle in the commune of Margaux. Because of its price, quality, and reputation, Palmer occupies what many consider a unique position: in the minds of knowledgeable lovers of Bordeaux, the property is suspended in abeyance between the first and second growths.  America's foremost authority on Bordeaux, Robert Parker, stated in his book, Bordeaux, that Château Palmer should be upgraded to a first growth and says that "Palmer can be every bit as profound as any of the first growths in vintages such as 1961, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1975, 1983, and 1989."  One thing is for sure; Palmer is a third growth in name only.

Château Palmer combines the silky finesse of the best of Margaux with the richness of a Pomerol or Saint Émilion.  The reason seems clear when one considers the very high percentage (40%) of Merlot in the blend.  Also, Palmer has one of the longest skin contacts during fermentation; this explains the great color, extract, and considerable tannin in the wine when it is young and accounts for its uncanny ability to age as long as thirty or fourty years.  Palmer is also noted for its penetrating bouquet, and Parker claims that he can spot a Palmer in blind tastings on nose alone.  Palmer appeared to slip a little from 1980 through 1982.  In fact, Palmer was the disappointment of the vintage in 1982 - it was good, but it should have been absolutely magnificent.  This 1983 is a return to form and now appears to be one of the greatest two wines of the vintage (rivaled only by its neighbor, Château Margaux).  The nose is intense with plummy, new oak aromas.  On the palate the wine is fairly dense with exceptional complexity, finesse, and great depth of flavor.    

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