CHÂTEAU PALMER

CHÂTEAU PALMER

MARGAUX
3ème Cru Classé
Owner:
Sichel & Mälher-Besse Families
Manager:
Thomas Duroux (CEO)
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Château Palmer whose pedigree architecture is a hallmark of its superb produce is an undisputed star of the prestigious Margaux Appellation. The unusual combination of grape varieties – as much Merlot as Cabernet Sauvignon and a significant amount of Petit Verdot – gives Château Palmer a bouquet of extraordinary complexity. Since 1998, Château Palmer has also produced Alter Ego, which is faithful to the Palmer style but will reach maturity earlier.
CHÂTEAU PALMER

Its long history starts as early as the 17th century. History reports that in the 18th Century, its wines (under the name of Château de Gascq) were held in very high esteem at the Court of Versailles, then later by Louis XV. But it is only in 1814 that the estate took the name of Château Palmer, when Charles Palmer, an english Major General in the army of the Duke of Wellington, acquired it and gave it his name. The Pereire brothers, big entrepreneurs and bankers under the Napoleon III era, acquired it in 1853. In three quarters of a century, they raise Château Palmer to the rank of one of the most prestigious Margaux wines. Only the great economic crisis of the 1930s eventually forced them to let go of the estate.
Acquired in 1937 by a consortium of 4 families involved in the Bordeaux wines trade, the Château is still owned by the descendants of 2 of these families: the Sichel and Mälher-Besse families.

Located in the Margaux appellation of the Medoc, Bordeaux area, Château Palmer is a classified growth of the 1855 classification. Its vineyard lies upon the famous gravel rises of the greatest of Medoc wines, this first terrace of gravels formed by and along the Gironde estuary. On this exceptional terroir, Château Palmer has constantly produced wines of unique character, clearly identified and recognized by the fine wines lovers all over the world. With a vineyard of 55 ha, the production of Palmer is limited in volume. A maximum of 10.000 cases of Château Palmer, and 8.000 cases of Alter Ego, the other wine of Château Palmer, are produced in every vintage. Over several years, under the guidance of Thomas Duroux, the proportion of the vineyard managed using biodynamics has increased, so that by the 2013 vintage the majority of the vineyard was biodynamic and by 2014 it was 100% biodynamic. Château Palmer is aiming to achieve full organic and biodynamic certification by 2017.
Soils, plus Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in equal proportion and an additional 6% of Petit Verdot give its wines this unique expression of the Margaux appellation.

Château Palmer's wines combine power and complexity with delicacy, extreme elegance and a magnificent velvet texture. Approachable when young, the wines age remarkably well, developing even more complexity and aromatic richness, remaining still delicate and silky.