2005 Chateau Palmer, Grand Cru Classe, Margaux

Producer: Chateau Palmer
Vintage: 2005
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: France, Bordeaux, Médoc
Appellation: Margaux

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Tasting notes


(Flight 5) Coming from the now legendary perfect vintage, the nose here is crystal clear, precise and very fresh, and bursting with blackberries, blueberries and plums, added to a literally enchanting floral lift. There is a buttery aspect. Perhaps coming from the still somewhat recent influence of the oak aging? Duroux said that he does not like too much new oak. The wine is large-scaled (14% alcohol, the highest of all these wines) on the palate, but neither tiring nor excessive. Some tasters expressed concerns that the wine is almost too tannic, and at this stage it does not taste very feminine or elegantly perfumed. It is a baby, and it demands time. Will it turn out to be the modern version of the 1961? Not having tried that vintage, I have no clue, but something special is in the glass.

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