Chateau Palmer Margaux Grand Cru 2008 (Bordeaux, France) - [WE 95] [JD 94] [VM 93] [WS 91]

Chateau Palmer Margaux Grand Cru 2008
(Bordeaux, France) - [WE 95] [JD 94] [VM 93] [WS 91]

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Since 1945, only the 1965 vintage wasn't up to the quality of the vintages ending in 5. So we were "statistically"expecting an excellent harvest in 2015. And we haven't been disappointed...

The beginning of the vine's growing season was characterised by a relatively dry climate. The vegetative development was extremenly regular and the flowering conditions perfect. The rainfall that followed the fertilisation of the flowers enabled good berry growth. At the end of June, temperatures rose and the dry weather settled, favouring an early end to vegetative growth, the thickening of the skins of the berries, the concentration of the tannins and the rapid growth of the pips.

From the end of July, the weather conditions changed radically as we were faced with a succession of rainy periods of moderate intensity. At first, the rain triggered the beginning of the veraison (grape ripening), which was quick and homogenous in its second part, after a very slow start. Additionally, the grapes developed to reach a more classic size. The Margaux appellation enjoyed especially favourable weather conditions throughout September. With only 30 mm of rainfall, Margaux was the driest part of the Medoc. We harvested a few young vines of Merlot on September 15th, but the harvest started in earnest on September 22nd. The Merlot were magnificent, aromatic and beautifully ripe. The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Petit Verdot followed, and were just as promising. The 2015 harvest came to a close on October 7th.

The relatively high alcoholic content of the 2015 vintage is balanced out by a dense tannic structure without any rustic notes, thanks to perfect phenolic maturity of the pips and skins. At this time, this outstanding balance leads us to believe that 2015 will be in line with recent great vintages, such as 2010, 2009 and 2005.

Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Rich and concentrated, touched easily by toasty wood. The tannins are so sweet, blending easily into the powerful texture of black berry fruits with, hints of licorice. This is a ripe wine, its acidity always present." - Roger Voss (4/1/2011)

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"A wine that's just now starting to hit prime time, the 2008 Palmer is a blend of 51% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot that was brought up in plenty of new oak. This medium to full-bodied effort offers a youthful, vibrant ruby/purple color as well as a smoky, dark-fruited style as well as notes of chocolate and earthy minerality. With beautiful concentration, still-present ripe tannins, and a great finish, it's a great drink today, yet I suspect it has another 30 years in it. It's a beautiful Palmer that shows the classic style of the vintage." - Jeb Dunnuck (2/28/2019)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"Full medium ruby. Inviting, almost liqueur-like aromas of dark raspberry, sexy spices and tobacco lifted by a floral quality. Broad and plush but precise and fine-grained, with a layered texture to the concentrated flavors of red and dark berries and dark chocolate. Really builds toward the back but the wine's compelling thickness of fruit is nicely leavened by sneaky minerality. Finishes with noble tannins and captivating energy and perfume." - Stephen Tanzer (Jul 2011)

93 Points - James Suckling:
"Palmer knows what to do. Plenty of blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors follow through to full body, with chewy tannins and a vanilla, cedar and chocolate aftertaste. Needs time to mellow. Layered and beautiful. Best after 2012." (19 Dec, 2010)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:

"Offers dark plum, mulled currant and blackberry notes, with flashes of roasted apple wood and maduro tobacco, plus cocoa and espresso. There's nicely rounded flesh and a long, integrated finish that has some extra grip. Clearly apart from the Margaux pack in 2008. Best from 2013 through 2019. 7,080 cases made." - JM (Apr, 2011)