From the Cellar – 2005 Palmer, A Towering Wine Begins to Shine


Been away from posting awhile, took a new position with B-21 in Florida as of late December and have been flat out swamped since day one…

Among my ever expanding duties: authoring the multitude of weekly email offers. Side benefit: content for the blog!

Here’s one I really liked – the piece AND the wine…

My annual en premier jaunts through Bordeaux for the past several years include appointments with practically every name in the book. From the moment my team and I disembark and hit the ground – usually beginning with our friends on the Left bank – we are absorbed, inundated and, quite frankly overwhelmed with the sheer volume of wines to be sampled. Included with “the good stuff” during en premier week are all those Petit Chateaux and Cru Bourgeois wines, too. Not to mention the Right Bank: where dozens and dozens of outstanding St Emilion and Pomerol bottlings await us. But through it all –Lafite, Latour, Haut Brion, Petrus, Pavie, Ausone – there is one which I look forward to more than all of the others. The opportunity to taste Palmer – especially from a great vintage – truly captivates me. That’s how it was in the Spring of 2010 (when I tasted the ’09). And that’s how it was in the Spring of 2006, when I tasted what was – for me – one of the most profound Palmer’s of the past 30 years. Tasting the 2005 today, and remembering it as it was back then, is spine tingling. If you’re into this kind of stuff – or ready to be – this is a MUST HAVE!

 “This spectacular offering should continue to improve, and may merit an even higher score after additional aging. Stunningly rich and powerful…Aromas of incense, burning embers, black currants, plums, licorice, and flowers…more weight and power even than its nearby first-growth rival, Chateau Margaux….exceptional fruit extract…so concentrated…” 97 Robert Parker

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