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Unique Palmer Tasting In Toronto (May 14, 2004)

On May 12, Bernard de Laage, Marketing Director of Château Palmer, the celebrated cru classé of Margaux, conducted a unique tasting at Toronto's National Club – the first time ever the château has allowed barrel samples of its component wines or the unfinished blends to be sampled outside its own cellars.

 
Bernard de Laage, Marketing Manager for Chateau Palmer  

The event, entitled "Anatomy of a Bordeaux Château," was put on by the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America), and its President, Roger Bohmrich MW, flew up from New York to moderate the tasting with de Laage.

Tasting began with a description of the Bordeaux region and the origins and special terroir of Château Palmer.

The sold-out room of 80 participants was treated to cask samples of two component wines from Palmer's final blend – Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 and Petit Verdot 2003 – and then the 2003 Alter Ego de Palmer followed by the 2003 Château Palmer. All of these wines had spent six months in oak and will remain there for some 15 months more before bottling, said de Laage. Bohmrich advised the tasters to consider these as "raw wines in a primitive state" before their final ageing and bottling.

The 2003 wines, which will feature less Merlot than usual, come from a vintage plagued by heat waves. All four wines were remarkable for their concentration of flavour, ripeness and yet fine acid balance. Bernard de Laage said he could not recall a vintage where the pits of the berries were so ripe, "they tasted like coffee."

The next flight was chosen to show how the Palmer wines evolved in bottle, beginning with the 2001 vintage of both Alter Ego and Palmer.

My notes follow:

Alter Ego 2001: dense purple colour; high toned, ripe cherry and vanilla nose; elegant and stylishly lean, quite soft on the palate, firmly structured and well balanced with a sweet redcurrant flavour; charming and forward. Drinking nicely now but will improve with 2–3 years bottle age.****

Palmer 2001: deep and dense purple; minty, cedary nose of vanilla oak and red berries; very elegant but corseted with tannins; showing lovely red fruits, toasty oak and fresh acidity. Hold for five years at least. ****½

Palmer 1999: the star of the tasting – dense purple colour, very youthful and holding to the rim; ripe black fruits with rose petals and vanilla oak; rich and spicy, fleshy and round with soft tannins. Coming into its own but will hold for a decade at least. *****

Palmer 1996: mature purple-ruby colour; more classic Bordeaux style – leather, tobacco, blackcurrants and cedar; very elegant, dry curranty flavour with great balance leading to a firm tannic finish. Hold for two years. *****

Palmer 1994: mature ruby with purple notes; lovely nose of pomegranate and vanilla, cedar and spice; light on the palate, not as concentrated as other vintages because of late rains but soft and fresh in spite of its lighter elements. Drink now to 2010. ****

Palmer 1991: an undeservedly forgotten vintage after the celebrated 1989 and 1990. Ruby colour with a tawny rim; coffee bean, cedar, redcurrant nose; ripe sweet fruit with a sweet apple note; wonderfully balanced with a lovely long spicy finish. Now to 2009. *****

 

 

 

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