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This marvellous property is often thought of as a Second Growth and for a period before the Mentzelopoulos years at Château MARGAUX it was also the benchmark for the AC. At its best the wine displays not only the perfume of the appellation but ripe, powerful, almost sumptuous dark fruit. In part this must be down to the very high proportion of Merlot planted, at 47% the same as Cabernet Sauvignon. The second wine, Alter Ego de Palmer, tends to have an even higher proportion of Merlot in the final blend and less new oak whilst ageing. 2010, 09, 06, 04, 03, 01, 00, 99, 98, 96 and 95 Palmer were of a very high standard and the most recent vintages have similar promise. 2005 looks likely to set new standards for the property. Of the great years here, 89 and 83 also stand out as do the earlier years of 70, 66 and 61. Since 2014, the vines are being farmed biodynamically with a view to receiving organic certification by 2017.

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Area under vines: 66 hectares
Soils: Gravel and sand
Average age of the vines: 38 years
Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha

First wine: Chateau Palmer
Production: 120 000 bottles a year
Ageing: in 45-60% new oak barrels for 24 months 
Grape varieties:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 47%
  • Merlot 47%
  • Petit Verdot 6%

Second wine: Alter Ego

Ageing: 25% to 40% new oak barrels
Grape varieties:

  • Merlot 51%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 40%
  • Petit Verdot 9%

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Chateau Palmer, Lieu dit Issan, Margaux, Gironde, France
Type Wine
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru
Chateau Palmer XIX Century Blend
Vin Blanc de Palmer Vin de France
La Grace du General Margaux
Type Wine
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2004
12x75cl - 2 case(s)
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 1999
10x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2015
6x75cl - 6 case(s)
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2005
6x150cl - 2 case(s)
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2005
6x150cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2003
6x150cl - 1 case(s)
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux - 2005
12x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2012
6x75cl - 1 case(s)
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux - 2000
3x75cl - 1 case(s)
Type Wine
Type Wine
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 1961
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2015
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2017
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2016
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 1928
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 1959
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2005
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2009
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2010
Chateau Palmer Margaux Troisieme Cru - 2014
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