1978 Château Palmer

  • 92 WA
  • 81 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55924-1978-750

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  • Rating: 90

    One of the Medocs most successful 1978s, this wine has reached full maturity, but it reveals no signs of an early demise. The color is a dark ruby/garnet with only slight amber at the edge. The nose offers up black truffle, cassis, smoked herbs, and meaty aromas. In the mouth, there is a green pepper quality to the rich, sweet fruit. This medium-bodied, silky-textured wine is more spice-driven than most Palmers, but attractive and mouthfilling.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Tasted at the Chateau Palmer vertical in London from magnum, the 1978 Chateau Palmer has always been a great success for the vintage (mirroring the rejuvenated Chateau Margaux perhaps?). Here, it has a powerful, expressive nose with cedar, sous-bois and cigar-box scents interwoven into the vestiges of black fruit. This is |old school,| perhaps the cousin of the magnificent 1966. The palate is medium-bodied and well balanced, hints of spice and cedar, a little dustiness perhaps towards the finish, but overall a convincing Margaux that has far more vigor and length than you would presume. While it is not a renowned vintage for Chateau Palmer, it's a wine I would jump upon if I found it for sale. Tasted May 2015.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 81

  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 1997-2006
    Author: Spike Ngai
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Opened at 7:30 PM. Decanted at 7:45 for 2 hours. Initially the wine of intense ruby red color delivers sweet spice, cedar, tobacco, cigar box and blackcurrant aromas, in a very complex manner. We almost thought that the wine had missed it's peak b/c of the aromas right out of the bottle. After 1 and half hour, the wine shows much stronger in mouth with blackcurrant liquor flavors, leather, tobacco and spices. Coffee aromas completes the range of aromas of the nose. Still well balanced, it drank very well for the next 2 and half hours. Brilliant!
    Author: Jason E
Although Palmer stands among ten Third Growth properties located in Margaux, its primary rival for best of appellation comes from the first growth estate Chateau Margaux. Palmer's original name was Chateau de Gascq, but was changed to its owner's namesake after its purchase by General Charles Palmer in 1814. The current owners are the descendants of the Sichel and Mahler-Besse families, who acquired the property in the early 20th century.

Chateau Palmer is traditionally made with the assemblage containing a higher-than-average percentage of Merlot (up to 40%). The vineyards are situated on gravelly stone over bedrock. Palmer wines are generally rich, supple and a very fruit-forward in character. In addition to its grand vin, Chateau Palmer also produces a second wine called Alter Ego de Palmer, previously known as Reserve de General.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 226 bottles owned
  • 63 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 63 collectors)