Chateau Palmer

Producer Information

  • Wine region:  Margaux

Producer Description

Château Palmer closed to visitors until the end of June 2012

We regret that we are temporarily unable to welcome you to Château Palmer and are sorry for the inconvenience.

We have undertaken a large scale renovation project entirely devoted to quality:
- a new grape reception area: 350 m² in the vat room courtyard
- the vat room: this will be modified to accommodate complete gravity flow and also house several tiny vats for experimental winemaking
- a new barrel cellar: adjoining the vat room, this will enable every vintage to be aged in one single location
- "Palmer Village": current entry via the man road will be closed and new access provided via the vineyard to make the area surrounding the buildings safe and secure, Motor vehicles will be totally excluded from the Village.

In light of this work, we will unfortunately be unable to offer tours of the vat room and cellars from the 15th of June 2011 until late June 2012.

We will be glad to welcome you to Château Palmer once again starting in July 2012.


The Palmer wines held a very special place in the heart – and the cellar – of great wines' amateurs since the days of the creator of this prestigious estate, the British Major General Charles Palmer. The following owners – French, English and Dutch families – have put Palmer where it is today – among some of the finest and most elegant wines in the world. The main reason for Château Palmer's quality is its terroir. Gravelly outcrops account for the inimitable style of this great, elegant, concentrated Margaux. Château Palmer has an astonishingly subtle aroma with hints of fruit, flowers, and spice. The wine is rich, generous, and well-structured on the palate. Work in the vineyard, winemaking techniques, and aging in oak barrels helps attain a balance between Palmer's legendary finesse and the concentration of Margaux, as well as the rare ability to age for many years in bottle. Alter Ego de Palmer is made on Château Palmer's superb gravelly outcrops in Margaux and Cantenac. It possesses Palmer's unique finesse, charm, and complexity. The vines are an average of 20 years old, an essential factor in the wine's concentration.

Details: Margaux, 3ème cru classé, 55ha, gravelly
Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon 47%, Merlot Noir 47%, Petit Verdot 6%

Though ranked Third Growth in 1855, Palmer is for many rivalled only by First Growth Chateau Margaux - and Palmer 1961 is one of the great wines of the 20th century. Legend says namesake British army general Charles Palmer bought the vineyard while on his way home after the 1814 Battle of Toulouse. The sellers, the Gascqs, had produced a good quality wine from their exceptional, gravelly terroir, but Palmer spent over-freely on expansion and promoting: finances exhausted, he lost it all in 1843. By 1853, banking brothers Isaac and Emile Pereire were in charge. They reorganised, added the château, and generally battled with turn of the century tribulations - until the 1930s recession beat them too. Credit for today's fine estate stems from a 1938 takeover by the Bordeaux wine families of Sichel, Mähler-Besse, Ginestet and Miailhe. Today, Sichel and Mähler-Besse remain.

Contact details

Write to Château Palmer Cantenac 33460 Margaux France
Telephone +33 (0)5 57 88 72 72
Fax +33 (0)5 57 88 37