Château Palmer is perhaps the second most prestigious estate in Margaux. The name is undeniably English, Colonel Charles Palmer arriving in France with the army of the future Duke of Wellington in 1814 and purchasing the estate.
Classified as a Third Growth in 1855, it has always been one of the most respected of the classified wines. The true golden era for Palmer is actually right now, with the wines produced since 2000 amongst the greatest ever seen here.
The vines at Palmer have very deep roots, and are unusual in that the 47% Merlot is planted in gravel rather than the usual clay, perhaps contributing to its great elegance. There is also 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, all to be farmed organically from 2014 onwards.
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot