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Date: Saturday 28 November 2020
Time: 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
Speakers: Thomas Duroux (Château Palmer) & Jane Anson (Decanter)
Price: £195 (including wine samples), £10 (link only)

Join Thomas Duroux, CEO of Château Palmer and Bordeaux expert Jane Anson for Decanter’s first-ever virtual tasting and masterclass, where they will showcase three decades of renowned Margaux and Third Growth property, Château Palmer.

Though ranked Third Growth in 1855, Palmer is for many rivalled only by First Growth Château Margaux – and Palmer 1961 is one of the great wines of the 20th century.

Duroux and Anson will present this exclusive masterclass from the estate and will explore three top vintages spanning three decades, including both Palmer’s flagship wine and second label Alter Ego de Palmer. This will be an exceptional tasting of six wines in a side by side comparison of two different expressions of a single terroir.



This is a 90 minute guided tasting of six wines in a side by side comparison of two different expressions of a single terroir. The tasting will begin with an introduction explaining the history of the Château and the two distinct wine labels. It will finish with a Q&A session with the audience, where you will be able to send your comments and questions directly to Jane and Thomas.

Jane and Thomas will present together at Château Palmer (lockdown restrictions pending).

The virtual masterclass will be recorded and all attendees will be sent a link to re-watch the event at their leisure. The event will also be published on Decanter Premium where members will be able to watch this event on demand.

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Described by Anson on Decanter Premium as “an 1855 third growth that has not been afraid to reinvent itself in recent years”. Château Palmer “has always been both deeply entrenched in the heart of Margaux, and yet something of an outlier. That’s not just because it is today one of only a handful of fully certified organic and biodynamic châteaux in the appellation. Palmer also bucks the rules of the Médoc by planting its Merlot grapes (which form a higher proportion of the vineyard than many in Margaux) on some of its best gravel outcrops, helping explain the velvety tannins and seductive fruits that are such a marker of the wine.”

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, the estate is still owned by the descendants of two of the original families – the Sichels and the Mähler-Besses – who are active third generation partners in running the estate.



Thomas Duroux
CEO Château Palmer

Thomas Duroux was just 34 when he took over from Bertrand Bouteiller as CEO of Château Palmer in 2004. A professional agronomist and œnologist, he brought with him a decade of experience in the making of great wines around the world: in Bordeaux, Hungary, South Africa, California and Tuscany. Back in his native region, Duroux could carry out a new vision for the Grands Crus of Bordeaux.

Duroux is part of a new generation of winemakers around the world who have tapped into available funds and resources to forensically examine their vineyards; harnessing science and technology to flesh out knowledge previously acquired via experience and hunches. It’s essentially a quest for ever-greater precision. And Duroux believes that this engenders a more respectful attitude towards the environment, drawing on descriptions of the farm as a living organism.

A master of equilibrium, always seeking greater depth, elegance and refinement for Château Palmer wines, Duroux brings to his task not only impeccable taste, experience and respect for an unequalled tradition but also youth, a spirit of independence and a talent for invention and innovation.


Jane Anson
Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent

Jane Anson is Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent and columnist and has lived in the region since 2003. She is the author of Inside Bordeaux (BB&R Publishing 2020), Wine Revolution, The Club of Nine and Bordeaux Legends, a history of the 1855 First Growth wines, as well as co-author or translator of over a dozen wine and travel books.

Jane has won several awards for her writing, including Louis Roederer Wine Online Communicator of the Year 2020, and Born Digital Best Editorial 2020.

She is a graduate of the DUAD tasting diploma with the Bordeaux Institute of Oenology and an accredited wine teacher at the Bordeaux École du Vin.




  • Once payment has been processed your booking is confirmed and we will be in touch to confirm delivery of your wine samples and tasting pack
  • We have no cancellation policy on our virtual events however attendees may nominate an alternative person to attend up to 24 hours prior to the start of the event, at no charge, all substitutions must be received in writing to
  • This information is correct at time of publication, but the organisers reserve the right to change any part of the event without notice
  • Strictly over 18s permitted to purchase the wine samples
  • Wine samples are currently only available to UK (overnight delivery) and Channel Islands’ (two-day delivery) residents
  • Wine samples will not be replaced unless they have gone missing in transit
  • Swoogo, on behalf of the event organiser Future plc (owners of Decanter), is in charge of invoicing and payment handling and will charge the above transaction total from your credit or debit card.


Chateau Palmer 1999



Château Palmer, Margaux, 3ème Cru Classé 2015


Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2015


Château Palmer, Margaux, 3ème Cru Classé 2009


Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2009


Château Palmer, Margaux, 3ème Cru Classé 1999


Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 1999




£195 per person which includes…

  • 6x 75ml samples*
  • x6 RIEDEL Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot (Bordeaux) glasses (RRP £99.95)
  • 1x A3 tasting mat
  • 1x A5 tasting booklet
  • Private virtual tasting link

*Please note that currently wine samples for this event are available to UK (including Channel Islands) residents only 
Wine sample quality: to ensure that you receive samples in the best condition possible; All wines will be tasted by a Decanter wine tasting expert for quality assurance before being re-bottled as samples. Bottling of the samples will take place in an anaerobic tank to eliminate oxygen contamination and sealed with a secure screwcap. Samples will be bottled and sent to you no longer than seven days before the masterclass.
£10 per person which includes…

    • Private virtual tasting link*

*Decanter Premium members can access this tasting for free as part of their subscription





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