Chateau Palmer Margaux 2009

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Planted to 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, with an average vine age of 35 years, this 3rd Growth estate is known for producing one of Bordeaux's most compelling wines in the aromatics as well as in the ability to put forth a rich, world-class, traditional wine. When visiting the cellars of Palmer, one is struck by just how glorious these wines are when you taste vintage after vintage and each one is sensationally delicious, velvety and pure with intoxicatingly beautiful aromatics. So in a top vintage like 2009, this is a must-have for the serious Bordeaux and/or Cabernet collector.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Margaux
Brand Chateau Palmer
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
  • we98

Wine EnthusiastA 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.

Roger Voss, February 1, 2012
  • wa97

Wine AdvocateOne 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, February 2012
  • ws95

Wine SpectatorThis is on another level from most in the appellation, with gorgeous layers of warm currant confiture, smoldering tobacco, licorice snap, warm paving stone and anise all framed by tarry but integrated grip. Stays sleek and well-defined through the finish. Should age beautifully. Best from 2015 through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 9,500 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2012