By Chateau Palmer
2009 Palmer from Chateau Palmer, Margaux, Bordeaux
The 2009 vintage in Bordeaux stands out as a snapshot of nature's serendipity, a year when the elements conspired to bestow the vineyards with near-ideal conditions. Amongst these, the 2009 Palmer from Chateau Palmer is a particularly striking exemplar of Margaux’s terroir reaching its zenith.
A Confluence of Nature and Nurture
The prestigious left bank estate enjoyed an especially propitious growing season in 2009. A moderately warm April encouraged an auspicious start with an early flowering, followed by the critical confluence of heat and drought during the summer months. This environmental alchemy fostered consistently ripe fruit, culminating in rich grapes perfectly poised for harvest.
Refinement and Elegance in a Glass
What makes the 2009 Palmer so distinctive are the silk-like tannins that interlace with its voluptuous structure—a symphony composed by a master vigneron fully attuned to his craft. Velvety cassis, punctuated with aromatic violets and a whisper of dark chocolate, cascade over one's palate with an effortless grace that belies their intense concentration. This wine illustrates a superb balance of power and finesse, typical of Chateau Palmer, yet magnified in this exceptional vintage.
Gazing into its deep garnet hue, investors will find not only a wine that is delightful now but one whose complexities will evolve admirably over time—a sumptuous prospect for both oenophiles and financiers alike. The 2009 Palmer from Chateau Palmer beautifully captures the essence of its stunning vintage and continues to rank as one of the region's most significant contributions to any discerning collection.
An Odyssey for the Senses and a Beacon for Investment
Investors keen on adding this coveted vintage to their portfolio will find the 2009 Palmer a compelling choice. It encapsulates all the virtues that make Margaux wines sought-after: profound depth, intoxicating aromatics, and an age-worthy structure that promises an unfolding narrative in every bottle.
As this wine traverses through time, it holds promise for rewarding those who appreciate the convergence of passion and investment—an enticing addition for any collector seeking to unite pleasure with providence.
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Scores and tasting notes
This has such class and power. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with hints of violets. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and a juicy finish. Solid and extremely pretty. Fabulous finish. Try in 2020.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 14th 2012
Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Palmer delivers a beguiling array of black fruit—warm plums, cassis and black cherry compote—with kirsch and wild sage sparks plus profound suggestions of fragrant earth, black truffles, iron ore and liquid licorice. Full-bodied, rich and decadently seductive in the mouth, the generous fruit is superbly framed with plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 14 March 2019
One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and That's exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Palmer '09 has a really vivacious, sumptuous bouquet - superb extraction here. Perhaps it is slightly modern in style with noticeable creamy new oak that needs to be subsumed. The palate is medium-bodied with blackberry, bay leaf, sea salt and tar. The length is impressive, maintaining superb finesse and length. I correctly guessed this as Palmer - sticks out like a sore thumb! Tasted January 2013.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013