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1996 Château Palmer

abv 12.5%
  • 91 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55924-1996

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    40% Merlot, 55% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Pretty dense crimson. Not especially intense on the nose. Sweet start and then a little biscuity. Reminds me a little of the 1966. Chewy end and some freshness but not quite enough. Some gaminess. Medium weight and a certain amount of acidity and dryness. Not heart stopping. But neat and reasonably long. Good for sore throats. But it does fade away a bit on the finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Full ruby-red. Lower-toned aromas of boysenberry, mulberry, plum, tobacco, star anise and roasted oak. Vinous and rather tough in the mouth, with strong acid spine. This was harder to view than most '96s on my recent tour. Finishes with rather tough tannins. In an awkward stage following the bottling last July.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Gorgeous aromas of currant and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. A little more bottle age will open it even more. Very pretty.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    Tasted at the Chateau Palmer vertical in London, the 1996 Chateau Palmer is a wine that never quite fulfilled its potential. There is satisfactory fruit intensity on the nose, blackberry and truffle, a touch of vanilla and violet developing with time in the glass. The palate still feels a little backward, but there is good grip and freshness. This is a harmonious 1996 Margaux and yet it feels conservative and straight-laced on the tobacco-infused finish. It is quite a |serious| Palmer, yet it does not quite back it up in terms of complexity or, for want of a better word, |soul.| Good...but you end up wanting more, especially having tasted the likes of 2000, 2005 and 2010 alongside. Tasted May 2015.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: brianvirgin
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

  • 502 bottles owned
  • 110 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 110 collectors)