Christmas Wine: Chateau Palmer 2001

Christmas Wine: Chateau Palmer 2001

Margaux, France
Merlot 44% Cabernet Sauvignon 51% Petit Verdot 5%

Tasting Notes:
Stunning deep ruby; introverted nose at first instance and slowly opens up revealing various wood and spice aromas  with hints of ripe black fruits and mocha; on the palate the fruit is exquisite, with hints of herbs and tobacco, the tanks are subtle; good structure, well balanced and mellow long finish.

[decanted 2 hours before]

Ready to drink but still can keep for a few more years

93 points

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Chateau Palmer 2017 Released

Chateau Palmer 2017 has been released at €192 per bottle ex-negociant, down 20% on the 2016 release price of €240. It is being offered at a recommended retail price of £2,350 per 12×75, a decrease of 18% in sterling terms on the 2016 release of £2,880 per case.

James Suckling scored the wine 97-98 points and described it as a “sexy and well-formed 2017”. James Molesworth was also full of praise and awarded the wine 92-95 points. In his tasting note, he said that Palmer 2017 “stands out from the pack”.

Prices for Palmer are 63.6% correlated to Wine Advocate score. Based on today’s release of £2,350 per 12×75, the wine would need to receive a score of 96-97 points to be considered fair value.

Buyers looking for value may consider the 2012 vintage. The wine received a score of 96 points from Robert Parker and is available at a 20% discount to today’s release. Top vintages with several years in bottle can also be found at a small premium to the 2017.

Palmer Alter Ego was released at €48 per bottle ex-negociant, down 2% on the 2016 (€49).