Chateau Palmer 2010
Web Price: $574.00
Chateau Palmer is a third growth in the Bordeaux 1885 classification, but if the same wines were to be reclassified today, it would certainly move up a notch. We haven't heard of "super thirds" (to match the super seconds), but if such a thing existed, Palmer would be at the top of the list. Everything that makes Bordeaux great is found in Chateau Palmer. Complex aromatics filled with spice, truffle, violets, spring flowers, earth and leather scents, yet full bodied and rich, this wine personifies elegance in a Bordeaux wine.
Chateau Palmer is located next to Chateau Margaux, and in some vintages, can produce wine that is equal to, if not better than, that first growth. The 55 hectare Chateau Palmer vineyard is actually located in the Cantenac portion of the Margaux appellation. The vineyard is planted to 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. While the high percentage of Merlot makes Chateau Palmer unique in the Left Bank, it has been higher in the past. Note that there is no Cabernet Franc in this wine.
The 2010 Chateau Palmer is an excellent wine, in an excellent year. Compelling aromatics are set off by flowers, blackberries, truffle and black liquorice. The texture is pure silk and velvet. The wine is refined and polished. The average critics' score is 97 points. Robert Parker gave the wine 98 points. Of course, with all of the history behind Chateau Palmer and the quality of the wine, it's in great demand, particularly in the UK market (one of the owners is English, and it's always had good distribution there). As a result, this wine doesn't come cheap. But if you can be stretch to it, and be patient, you will reap the rewards of an excellent bottle of Claret!