Precise, extraordinarily elegant, with an inimitable bouquet and velvety texture, the wines of Château Palmer are among the greatest in Bordeaux, coveted by keen wine enthusiasts the world over.
Situated within the Margaux appellation, Château Palmer is a leading Left Bank Bordeaux producer. Although officially ranked a third growth in 1855, the quality of the domaine’s wines has firmly established it as a top Super Second. Within its appellation, Palmer is the closest rival to its first growth neighbour, Château Margaux.
Situated in the hamlet of Issan, Château Palmer’s 66 hectares of vines sit upon a gravel terrace overlooking the Gironde estuary - fabled terroir. The domaine dates to the 17th century but acquired a new name in 1814 when Major Charles Palmer of Bath took ownership. Palmer spent 30 years expanding the property, during which time it become renowned throughout London’s aristocratic circles. His successors were the Pereire brothers, among the preeminent financiers of Napoleon III’s France, who built the iconic turreted château. In 1938, ownership passed to a consortium of four Bordeaux négociant families. Château Palmer is owned by the descendants of two of these families to this day.
Since 2004, the domaine has been led by charismatic Director, Thomas Duroux. In 2009, Thomas and his technical team began experimenting with biodynamic farming. All of the domaine’s 106 plots are now cultivated according to biodynamic principles.
An exceptional blend of power and delicacy, the wine is crafted following the old traditions to reveal the pure expression of a complex terroir. With equal parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon (47% each), balanced with a little petit verdot (6%) it is unique in style, the relatively high merlot content being unusual for the Grands Crus and emerging in a brilliant expression of fruit.