By Chateau Palmer
2005 Palmer from Château Palmer, Margaux, Bordeaux
In the heart of Margaux lies the prestigious Château Palmer, with its 2005 vintage affirming this estate's capacity to elicit sheer marvel. It is a year where nature conspired with the vintners' expertise to bequeath an opulent expression of the terroir that champions both stunning immediacy and assured longevity.
The Pinnacle of Precision: A Stalwart Vintage
The 2005 Palmer from Château Palmer emerged from a season distinguished for its quintessential Bordeaux climate: a gentle spring followed by a summer punctuated by long, warm days and cool nights. Ensconced within this idyllic setting, the 2005 Palmer encapsulates both harmony and depth. The exceptional weather proved propitious, endowing the grapes with optimal maturity and concentration—a symbiosis that rendered this wine as one of intrigue and veneration.
Meticulous Craft Meets Mother Nature
On degustation, the 2005 Palmer reveals a palate lavished with velvety tannins and an intricate mélange of dark fruits, cassis, and traces of violets; its exquisite structure unfurling over time to expose layers of complexity and finesse. The dialogue between acidity and ripeness orchestrates a graceful ballet in the glass, pronouncing it particularly captivating for fine wine collectors and investors alike.
Indeed, as one invests in such remarkable bottles like the 2005 Palmer, they are acquiring more than age-worthy vintages; they are procuring memories encapsulated within each cork's pop—a testament to Margaux’s pedigree. It is a well-established addition to any investment portfolio, promising both appreciation and unparalleled gustatory delight.
In summary, the 2005 Palmer from Château Palmer stands as a luscious testament to the exceptional conditions of the vintage year. It is a magnificent confluence of Bordeaux’s climate benevolence, viticultural acumen, and artistic vinification—an intriguing proposition for peerless enjoyment or judicious wine investment.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted single blind at Southwold. Another extraordinary primal, chocolate tinged nose with ripe black plum, black olive, kirsch and a touch of cooked meat. Very complex and engaging, more expressive than others at the moment. The palate is beautifully defined, ravishing succulent tannins, perfect acidity, really suave and sophisticated. Enormous depth with sleek saturated tannins. Great length with such finesse on the finish. Decadent is an understatement. Raucous! Drink 2018-2040+ Tasted January 2009.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2009
This spectacular offering should continue to improve, and may merit an even higher score after additional aging. Stunningly rich and powerful, the dark purple-tinged 2005 Palmer is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Aromas of incense, burning embers, black currants, plums, licorice, and flowers are followed by a full-bodied Margaux with more weight and power even than its nearby first-growth rival, Chateau Margaux. The abundant acidity and tannins are beautifully coated by the wine’s exceptional fruit extract and overall harmony and richness. It is so concentrated that one is hard pressed to find even a hint of new oak. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2045+
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #176 April 2008
Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 2005 Château Palmer is a legend in the making. Apparently the vines received 57% less rain than average, yet the 2005 shrugs off any water deficiency and has nurtured a wondrously pixelated bouquet, whereby mineralité shines through the black cherry and blueberry fruit. Search deeper and you discover veins of graphite that impart a Pauillac-like allure. The palate is medium-bodied and intense, but it is not overwhelming, a Margaux that is galvanized with a firm backbone thereby ensuring this will age over the long term. The symmetry here is enthralling - a 2005 that is destined for greatness. The only question is whether it will surpass the 2009 or 2010 Palmer? It will be fun finding out. Tasted May 2015.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 May 2016
What a nose of milk chocolate, with raspberries and hints of plums and flowers. A wonderful nose. Full-bodied, with super velvety tannins and a chocolate, nut, and dark fruit character on the palate. The fine tannins and great balance make you want to drink this, but you should wait and let it all out. Pull the cork in 2016.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, May 29th 2012