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2010 Palmer

By Chateau Palmer

2010 Palmer from Chateau Palmer, Margaux, Bordeaux

Embracing the consummate artistry of the Bordeaux winegrowing season, the 2010 Palmer from Chateau Palmer is a testament to the grandeur of an exceptional year. With an unerring balance and structure that comes once in a generation, this vintage emerged from a year marked by dry conditions that sculpted its concentration and vivacity with unparalleled precision.


An Investment Vintage With Pedigree

Wine investment connoisseurs and enthusiasts of fine Bordeaux hold the 2010 vintage in high esteem, placing it on a pedestal as one of the most investable in recent memory. The 2010 Palmer plays a leading role in this narrative, displaying a poise and depth that savvy investors appreciate for its significant ageing potential.


A Harmonious Ode to Climate and Craft

The growing season of 2010 in Margaux was painted with a broad brush of contrast—beneficial dry spells interspersed with timely bursts of rainfall. This combination yielded grapes of profound ripeness amidst freshness, elements that define the intensity and charm of the 2010 Palmer. The intrinsic qualities here unite opulent dark fruit with a core of graphite and tobacco leaf, underpinned by finely wrought tannins that whisper the promise of longevity.

The result is a wine from Chateau Palmer that investors seek out for their cellars. With each swirl and sip, it unfurls layers of complexity, unveiling a sumptuous palate replete with cassis, violets, and subtle spice—a hallmark of superior Margaux terroir.

In summary, as we assess its decade-plus evolution, the 2010 vintage from Chateau Palmer remains a cornerstone for portfolios with its seamless fusion of power and elegance. It bears the indelible mark of Bordeaux mastery—a sterling addition to any assemblage aiming not just to impress but to transcend expectations.

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A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb. Try in 2020.

James Suckling -, November 14th 2013


The 2010 Palmer is one of the superstars of the vintage, a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, which is just slightly different than what I indicated two years ago. The alcohol level hit 14.5%, and the wine comes across like a more stacked-and-packed version of their 2000. It is tannic and backward, but has a sensational black/purple color and a gorgeous nose of camphor, barbecue smoke, blackberry and cassis. Full-bodied, with oodles of glycerin but a relatively healthy pH, this wine has a precision and freshness that belie its lofty alcohol and extravagant concentration. This is a sensationally rich, full-throttle Palmer that could well end up being one of the all-time great wines made at this estate. It needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 50 or more years. There's no question that Thomas Duroux and the staff at Palmer are producing wines of first-growth quality, and have been for nearly a decade.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #194 May 2011


Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Palmer rolls out of the glass with warm cassis, baked plums and boysenberries scents plus hints of candied violets, star anise and dried bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is generously fruited, with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 5 March 2020


Tasted at the chateau. The Palmer 2010 is much stricter and more linear than the Alter Ego – indeed this year, I think there is quite a difference between the two. Even though the Cabernet is in the minority, it still exerts great influence over the aromatics with blackcurrant, briary and a touch of graphite (rendering it again, quite Pauillac-like in style.) The palate is medium-bodied with a rich, generous opening: black cherries, dates, liquorice and a touch of aniseed. The tannins and slightly chewy at the moment and will need taming with bottle age, whilst the finish is sweet, long and melodramatic. This is a relatively flamboyant 2010 that should age with style. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2013

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