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2016 Château Palmer

Margaux, 3me cru classé
(OWC)

This is a Bordeaux future; earliest anticipated arrival is Fall 2019. help
 
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PRICE:
$1,281.00 per Double Magnum (3L)

SIZE:
3L d-mag

AVAILABLE:
1 Double Magnum (3L)

 

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TASTING NOTES

"I wrote that the 2015 was incredible, and this 2016 is again. It’s equally structured and powerful as the 2015, yet there’s an underlying intellectual serenity to this wine. You taste it, and you want to know and experience it even more. Full and tannic yet ever so polished and beautiful. Mesmerizing. Made from biodynamically grown grapes." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 04/04/2017)

Rating: 99-100


"The unintentional reduction of yields (29hl/ha) due to conversion to organic farming and a failed treatment has concentrated the fruit to a unique level in the Médoc. Artistically vinified, it has a velvety texture and a magical integration of the tannins. A beauty. And a very high expression of Merlot, at nearly half of the blend." Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 56
(WFW, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 98-99


"The 2016 Palmer is a blend of 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot cropped at 29 hectoliters per hectare between 3 and 18 October. Matured in 65% new oak (my sample coming from a used barrel), the bouquet is perhaps not quite as intense as some of its peers and takes time to click into fifth gear. Eventually it offers tightly wound blackberry, briary and mineral scents; it is very focused, but maybe less extrovert and more classic in style compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, quite firm in the mouth with slightly tarry black fruit, hints of black truffle developing towards the finish that feels masculine and linear. It has very impressive length, completing what is an intellectual Palmer, one that I suspect will really blossom in bottle." (WA, 04/28/2017)

Rating: 95-97
Drink from: 2024-2055


"Sophisticated and polished from the outset, the 2016 Palmer is utterly captivating. Dark shades of fruit, accented by hints of smoke, leather and discreet French oak open up in the glass, but it is the wine's effortless, gracious personality that stands out most. The 2016 literally hovers on the palate with exquisite grace. I can't wait to see how it ages." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 95-98


"Very dark, velvety look - really bright. Complex and energetic. Not simple and sweet but quite a step change. Feels a little transitional because it's so different and more energetic than the old style. 65% new oak, as always, but the wine can absorb it better. Some bitter chocolate. Lots of sweetness. Energy and freshness." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/17/2017)

Rating: 17.5+
Drink from: 2025-2045


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