Chateau Palmer Margaux 2005
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Margaux|
Wine AdvocateIts bigger sister, the 2005 Château Palmer (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot), is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, licorice and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. It is medium to full-bodied, surprisingly opulent (it has a big percentage of Merlot), long, multi-dimensional and textured. This wonderfully pure, stunning wine once again performs as a first-growth. It should drink well for the next 20-25 years.
Wine EnthusiastAromas of black tar, chocolate and berries lead to a wine that is so effortlessly delicious that it's easy to forget the power the Merlot gives it. The center is round, but dark, filled with sweetness; the outer layers are full of red jelly and toast. There are tannins, but they, too, are sweet.
VinousThe 2005 Château Palmer is in a gorgeous place right now where it is just beginning to show the very early signs of aromatic development. Dark, powerful and seductive, the 2005 is a totally effortless wine. Black cherry, mocha, plum, licorice, new leather and spice open up first, followed by subtler hints of rosemary and lavender that add nuance. Even with all of its overt radiance and intensity, the Palmer retains the sense of freshness that is such a signature of the year. Readers lucky enough to own the 2005 can look forward to many more years of exceptional drinking."
Wine SpectatorDark in color, with intense aromas of crushed berry, toasty oak and hints of raisin, turning to fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with a big, juicy, velvety texture and a long aftertaste of coffee, coconut and berry. This is powerful and muscular for Palmer. Best after 2012.
International Wine Cellar($290-$350) Good deep red-ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of blackberry, kirsch and chocolate mint, with a distinctly roasted, jammy character showing today. Compellingly sweet and explosive on the palate, with great fat to the flavors of plum, mulberry, coffee and mocha; like a cocktail of jammy fruits. This is downright massive, not to say decadent, for Palmer-at 14% alcohol the highest ever recorded here. A pure liquid confection.