By Chateau Palmer
2015 Palmer from Chateau Palmer, Margaux, Bordeaux
The 2015 vintage in Bordeaux was marked by a superb consensus of climate conditions that culminated in a particularly outstanding year for the wines from Margaux. The 2015 Palmer from Chateau Palmer takes its place among these triumphs, elegantly reflecting the gifts that nature proffered upon the season.
Exquisite Balance: The Hallmark of 2015 Palmer
The balance found within the 2015 Palmer is something to be admired, the result of an almost serendipitous convergence of climatic benevolence. A warm summer embraced by cool nights, and just enough rain at opportune moments, seems to have danced in harmony with Chateau Palmer's unquestionable viticultural prowess. This vintage exudes the charm so characteristic of Margaux—a combination of power and tenderness that's not often strung so finely.
A Vintage Worth Savouring and Cellaring
On tasting, the wine reveals layers that unfold like the chapters of an engaging novel—one that demands rereading. Dark fruits, laced with hints of cocoa and an underlying minerality, are ensconced in velvety tannins. It is a blend that delivers immediate pleasure, yet promises potential for those who opt for patience—surely a tantalising prospect for connoisseurs and investors alike.
Investment-wise, one must commend the aging potential of the 2015 vintage. Here lies an opportunity to grasp a slice of Margaux's excellence; a portrayal of enology that is bound to augment portfolios dedicated to both pleasure and providence.
In Conclusion: A Timeless Classic from Chateau Palmer
In summary, as a beacon of Bordeaux's craftsmanship, the 2015 Palmer presents not only a superlative tasting experience but also an esteemed investment opportunity. It is a wine to be cherished; one whose narrative will continue to unfold in coming years, adding depth to its already captivating tale—a storyline every serious collection should aspire to include.
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Scores and tasting notes
A wine with incredible character and style with black ink and blueberry aromas and flavors. Full body, extremely fresh and structured with riffing tannins. It is muscular and powerful. White pepper, sea salt, mineral, stone character. A wine built for the long term. The making of the new 1961.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com
Bottled relatively late in mid-September 2017, the 2015 Palmer is a blend of 44% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with a small portion of Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it offers vibrant red currants, black cherries, wild blueberries, earth and mineral characteristics to begin, with slowly unfurling floral notes of violets and dried roses plus compelling baker’s chocolate and fragrant earth layers. Medium to full-bodied, generously fruited and possessing firm yet very, very fine-grained, mind-blowingly ripe tannins, the multifaceted palate features something of a skip in its step in terms of freshness, while it goes beguilingly earthy on the finish with some mineral hints. Very classy, elegant and sophisticated, this vintage is downright regal in its juxtaposition between poise and audaciousness. Think 2005 Palmer with a tick more fruit intensity, perfume and passion.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 21 February 2018
The 2015 Palmer is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot matured into up to 70% new oak. The official start of the picking was 22 September, finishing on the 7 October with the Petit Verdot and the Cabernet Sauvignon. This has a wonderful bouquet with layers of dark cherry, boysenberry, a faint hint of dark chocolate and minerals. There is superb delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied, but this constitutes a decidedly more structured Palmer than I have encountered in recent years, perhaps a little more masculine due to the slightly higher Cabernet content. This is a classic Palmer made by winemaker Thomas Duroux, symmetrical in some way, poised and effortless on the finish. Those who like the more showy Palmer might not warm to this 2015, but this has real class and sophistication, a Palmer that will repay those with the nous to cellar it for 10-15 years. Expect it to reside at the top of my banded score.
Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com, #224, April 2016
Floral, appealing and remarkably loose knit and open at this young age, this is a very appealing rather than a profound Palmer, with succulent red berry fruit, notes of tobacco and cedar wood and good underlying structure. Needs to put on a bit more weight in barrel. Drink: 2022-30
Tim Atkin - timatkin.com
44% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Picked 22 September to 7 October. A really massive step above Alter Ego on the nose. Really fresh and polished. Lovely bramble fruit. Not that dense but really complete and beautifully balanced. Silky tannins. Real drive and lift towards the end. Very Margaux.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com