By Chateau Palmer
1989 Palmer from Chateau Palmer, Margaux, Bordeaux
In the annals of Bordeaux, few vintages shine as radiantly as the 1989 Palmer from Chateau Palmer. This exceptional wine epitomises the grace and complexity for which Margaux is renowned. Even more than three decades since its birth, the 1989 vintage reveals the depth of its character, a testament to the adroit hands that nurtured it from vine to bottle.
A Vintage Defining Excellence and Elegance
Spring '89 was benevolent, gracing Chateau Palmer's vines with optimal conditions. The subsequent summer bestowed further blessings: warm days and cool nights—precursors to a harvest that would become almost mythic amongst oenophiles and fine wine investors alike. In this propitious year, the 1989 Palmer began its journey towards vinous legend.
A Tapestry of Tastes: The 1989 Vintage Unveiled
A harmonious blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Petit Verdot culminates in a wine whose balance defies the passage of time. This 1989 vintage carries an aromatic diversity, exhibiting ranges from truffles to smoky cedar, with hints of ripe blackcurrant and plum weaving throughout. On the palate, this vintage excels—a symphony of integrated tannins accompanied by a mature fruit profile entwined with subtle notes of leather and spice. A lengthy finish guarantees that each sip lingers as a poignant reminder of this wine's pedigree.
Wise investors have long recognised the immensity of storing historic vintages such as the 1989 Palmer. As it has evolved, its valuation continues to demonstrate a steadfast appreciation reflective not only of its constituents but also of its timeless appeal.
It is my belief that under proper cellar conditions, this monumental Bordeaux will continue to prosper. For collectors and connoisseurs seeking to add distinction to their cellars, or to manifest wise financial fruition, the 1989 Palmer from Chateau Palmer will prove an investment as sound as it is sensorily rewarding.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1989 Château Palmer has always been my favourite vintage from that decade after the 1983. The first bottle was unfortunately corked. The second was as it should be: the nose tensile with red berries, sous-bois, potpourri and strawberry pastille - lively and energetic. The palate is medium-bodied and vibrant right from the start, silky in texture with plenty of citrus fruit, gently building to a harmonious and detailed finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a magnificent Château Palmer that continues to effortlessly dish out so much vinous pleasure. Tasted May 2015.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 May 2016
Tasted at Handford's 21st anniversary tasting. Served from magnum, the Palmer 1989 is the best release from the Margaux estate. Like many 1989s, the nose is developing more tertiary element with age, perhaps an autumnal bouquet with dried leaves, woodland and undergrowth underlying the ripe black fruits. With continued aeration there is just a touch of brine. The palate is tannic on the entry with very good density, even more so than the Mouton '89 poured alongside, with a smoked meat note appearing right on the persistency, grippy finish. This is a multi-faceted Palmer that continues to offer immense pleasure and yes, I do think it out-classes Chateau Margaux. Drink now-2030. Tasted October 2010.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2010
One of the superstars of the vintage, Palmer's 1989 retains a dark plum/purple color with some pink and a hint of amber creeping in at the rim. A big nose of charcoal, white flowers (acacia?), licorice, plums, and black currants comes from the glass of this elegant, medium to full-bodied, very concentrated, seamlessly made wine. Gorgeous and seemingly fully mature yet brilliantly balanced, this wine may well turn out to be a modern-day clone of the glorious 1953. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. Last tasted, Last tasted, 5/02.
Robert Parker Jr - Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition
I find this a little austere with mineral, tar, and currant character. It's a little subdued. Full and silky on the palate, it's firm and bright, even tight. Served from imperial bottle.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 19th 2011