Chateau Palmer 2004

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Chateau Palmer 2004

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In 1814, Colonel Charles Palmer arrived in France with the army of the future Duke of Wellington. The owner of the estate at that time was the recently divorced Madame de Gascq. She was trying to sell the estate. When she met Palmer, she told him, “The Bordeaux wine we produce is as good as Château Lafite!” Palmer soon took over the estate.

Palmer believed in the Bordeaux wine he was producing. He began expanding the vineyards. Between 1816 and 1831, the estate acquired more land and buildings throughout the Cantenac, Issan and Margaux sectors.
In 1843, Palmer, now a Major General was forced to sell Chateau Palmer.
Emile and Isaac Pereire, two brothers had always wanted to purchase Palmer. They did not come from the Bordeaux wine trade. They were involved in railroad lines and banking. In 1853, they became the new owners of this famed Bordeaux wine property.

The brothers replanted and restructured the vineyards. In 1856, they constructed the legendary château and the Palmer village outbuildings. Due to the phylloxera epidemic, wars and the great depression, the Pereire brothers’ descendants were forced to sell the property.
In 1938, four families of Bordeaux wine merchants joined forces to buy equal shares of Château Palmer; Ginestet, Miailhe, Mahler-Besse and the Sichels, whose descendents are the current owners of the estate. Two of the families left the company, but, for the Mahler-Besses and the Sichels, it remained an affair of the heart.

Originally from the Netherlands, the Mälher family were successful in the textile and the wine business. Having settled in Bordeaux with his wife Marguerite Besse, Frédérick Mälher, the founder of the Franco-Dutch dynasty, set out a wine trade. His friends, Sichel, Miailhe and Ginestet convinced him to join them in 1938 in their Château Palmer venture. His son Henry and then Henry’s son Franck headed the negociant Mälher-Besse firm from 1945 to 2007. Today Franck’s sister Stéphanie Faguer has taken over the position.
In 1938, Sichel, aready had his own firm in England, specialized today in the distribution of fine wines, while his brothers had firms of their own in the same business, one in France, the other in Germany. His son Peter, who was as passionate as his father about the business, settled in Bordeaux in 1960, where he married Diana, also from England. Today his sons Allan, James, Charles and David carry on their father’s work at Maison Sichel.
Miaihle had the heavy responsibility of managing the estate during the German occupation. After the tragic events of World War II and the deterioration of the château by German troops, the 1950s saw the regeneration of the vineyard under the management of Jean Bouteiller (1913-1962), the son-in-law of Frédérick Mähler, majority shareholder at the time.

Bouteiller’s son Bertrand took over from him until 2004. Having spent forty-two years at the head of the estate, he essentially devoted his entire adult life to Château Palmer, which reached an apotheosis with the 1961 vintage. In 2004, the shareholders put agronomist and oenologist, Thomas Duroux at the head of Château Palmer. This allowed Duroux to return to Bordeaux.
Entirely refurbished in 1995, its 42 temperature-controlled, conical, stainless steel vats are designed to provide optimal conditions for precision wine-making.Château Palmer is equipped with two. The so-called “first year chai,” holds the barrels containing this year’s vintage. Here they stay for the first year of ageing before being replaced by a new harvest and moving on to the recently renovated “second year chai.” Work is once again taking place in the vat rooms. In 2010, Palmer began work on installing a new harvest reception area of 350 square meters which should be finished by 2012. The old pumping system will be replaced by gravity force. They will also build a small cellar devoted to experimental winemaking projects like producing white wine and even vin de paille. A new barrel cellar will allow a vintage to age without being moved. The Palmer village will also be refurbished.

In the semi-darkness of the wine shed, the wine goes through different phases of élevage, like so many rituals in a ceremony of initiation: topping, racking, fining with egg whites.

Thomas Duroux

Palmer produces a sensuous wine of beauty. Everything that makes up a great Bordeaux wine is found in Palmer. Complex aromatics filled with spice, truffle, violets, spring flowers, earth and leather scents. Full bodied and rich, this wine personifies elegance in a Bordeaux wine. When mature, the textures experienced in Palmer are unequaled in other Bordeaux wines. Silk wrapped in velvet, with layers of satin and ripe berries.
Palmer,with its gravel, sand and dirt terroir has deep roots, which is one of the keys to the wines unique quality and style. Most chateaux plant merlot in clay soils. At Palmer, the merlot is planted in gravel. This is part of the reason Palmer produces such elegant wines.. Located next to Chateau Margaux, Palmer can produce a wine of equal quality in select vintages. And in some years, for example; 1961, 1966, 1970, 1983, 1989, 2004 and 2008, Palmer can produce a better wine!

The 55 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard resides in the rises of Cantenac. Most of the plots are located on the plateau with a terroir of thin gravel from the Güntz period, situated along the water.
The vineyard is planted to 47% Merlot ; 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot with vines that average 38 years of age. The vines are planted to a density of 10,000 vines per hectare.
The fruit is always hand harvested and sorted 3 times. In the vineyard and the vat room before and after destemming. Palmer vinifies using temperature-controlled, cone-shaped stainless steel vats. This is done on a parcel by parcel basis and by grape variety. The wine is put into barrels immediately after malolactic fermentation, fining with egg whites, racking by gravity.
For Palmer, the wine is aged in 50% to 70% new oak for about 20 months. Alter Ego is aged in 25% to 40% new oak for up to 18 months.

Tasting note

This stunning wine is one of the vintage’s great successes. Administrator Thomas Duroux has fashioned a modern day version of Palmer’s brilliant 1966. Displaying a rare combination of power and elegance, this dense purple-colored offering exhibits notes of blackberries, truffles, flowers, incense, and camphor. Long, classic, and medium to full-bodied with stunning texture and richness, this superb effort is a candidate for the finest Margaux of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025+ 94 points"

Producent Chateau Palmer
Jaar 2004
Appellation Margaux
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering 94 parker