2004 Château Palmer

  • 94 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55924-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($125) Deep red. Rich aromas of plum, redcurrant, chocolate and smoke. Sweet, lush and smooth, with a wonderfully fine-grained texture for the year. Highly expressive flavors of currant, cedar, chocolate and tobacco. The wine's subtle sweetness, suave tannins and sneaky persistence convey an impression of very regular ripeness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot. Fine weather from spring to harvest. No excesses. Had to control yields that were high after the 2003 heat stress. Lots of secondary buds. Similar blend to 1999 but a very different wine - shows that it is not the varietal composition the determines the character of the wine.Deep crimson brightness. Sweetly oaky - intense and immediately recognisable bread dough aroma. Underneath that there's fine pure upright cassis but also sweet spice and plum and tobacco. Already surprisingly complex. Intense but fleeting floral perfume as that breadiness disappears. On the palate, masses of liquorice and sweet bright expressive fruit. Red and black fruit. Dramatic fruit even though the spice of the oak is still very clear. Toasty sweet spice and coffee. Rich and opulent fruit. Tannins are finely textured and a little firm but velvety. Long way to go though already generous. Delicious. Great finesse and fine-boned though it does show the oak a little more than the 2006. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Aromas of licorice, tar and mineral follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. A very pretty wine already. Falls a little short, but still outstanding. 6,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    This stunning wine is one of the vintage's great successes. Administrator Thomas Duroux has fashioned a modern day version of Palmer's brilliant 1966. Displaying a rare combination of power and elegance, this dense purple-colored offering exhibits notes of blackberries, truffles, flowers, incense, and camphor. Long, classic, and medium to full-bodied with stunning texture and richness, this superb effort is a candidate for the finest Margaux of the vintage.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: riffmaker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: duncan1668
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Herby; whipping cream/vanilla; bourbon vanilla; very elegant/classy, but the fruit is hidden behind the oak and the wine is giving away very little at this stage.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: dwilson
  • Self | Rating: 88

    While there was certain promise in the nose, exhibiting floral garden, forest floor and plumy fruit, the palate was a blatant disappointment. Over-extraction left this milk chocolately monster left to bleed it?s oak and attacking pierce of tannin rupture through the palate. Overwhealmingly disjointed and I currently will not apologize for 'tasting it at an awkward stage,? but may be proven wrong in the future. I've been optimistic w/ my rating considering the showing.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
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.

See other similar producers:Clos Louie,Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste,Chateau Leoville Barton

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1529 bottles owned
  • 204 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 204 collectors)