1966 Palmer

- 750 ml
96
RP-NM
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$479.00
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Product ID
22499-750-AS

Wine Critic Reviews:

Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1966 Château Palmer has long been considered one of the finest wines of that vintage. Perhaps over-shadowed by the 1961, it remains a marvellous Margaux that continues to give pleasure. I tasted three different bottles of the 1966, two bottles side by side at the vertical tasting in London, though I have chosen a bottle subsequently tasted in Bordeaux the following March since this was served blind. The nose is wonderful: dusky black fruit, cedar, autumn woodland scents, perhaps more Saint Julien-like than the 1961, which is unequivocally "Margaux." The palate is medium-bodied with sufficient fruit, very fine tannins and perfectly judged acidity. It is a different character to the 1961. It does not have the same flair and profundity, but it is what you would describe as "proper Claret" - a little austere and conservative, but harmonious, fresh and amazingly long; and I noticed a nuanced ferrous element on the aftertaste. It has always been an outstanding Palmer that deserves respect and great bottles continue to shine. Tasted March 2016.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 96 RP-NM
I have had the ’66 Palmer as often as any of the great post-war clarets, but our October tasting was the first time I had tasted this beautiful wine since a lovely magnum back in the fall of 2003. It is one of the interesting characteristics of the world of wine that certain great bottles seem to cross one’s path with relative regularity, while others may be chanced upon once or twice in a lifetime. For whatever reason, the ’66 Palmer has been one of those wines to which I seem to be aligned, as I may have fifty or sixty notes on this great wine dating back since my very earliest days of serious wine tasting. In contrast, I have only tasted the ’61 Palmer on a couple of occasions over the same span. In any event, the bouquet on the 1966 is absolutely magnificent, as it offers up a perfumed mélange of sweet black cherries, cassis, mulberries, some cigar box, lovely soil tones, black truffles, a touch of nutskin and a strong topnote of violets that soars from the glass. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep, sweet and beautifully focused, with lovely structure, magnificent complexity, great depth at the core, and a long, refined and nearly endless finish of compelling dimension and grip.Drink between 2007-2030

John Gilman | 95 JG
The 1966 Palmer was a model of understated elegance in its soft, perfumed fruit and wonderful sense of harmony.

Vinous Media | 92 VM

Sokolin 1966 Palmer Tasting Notes:

If you're a collector with your sights set on Bordeaux reds, then a Palmer like this is an absolute must. Like most notable wines of the region, it displays a dizzying complexity on the palate, as well as tasteful elegance and refinement. From the first seconds of your interaction with the wine, an opulent cocktail of aromatics presents itself, the most notable of which being red fruit essence, tobacco, and earthy undergrowth. On the palate, this medium-to-full-bodied beauty shows no signs of shyness, with a concentrated dose of red fruit flavors and a caressing, tingling mouthfeel.

It's Bordeaux in all its subtleties and nuances, a classic vintage for an esteemed producer. It's a wine with a rich history, a bright future and a habit of effortlessly dominating at social gatherings. Use your imagination for an interesting food pairing, and blow everyone in the room away. What a perfect example of Medoc's brilliance!

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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1966
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Palmer: With a history as rich as the seductive flavors of their wines, Chateau Palmer is an amazing winery in the sub-region of Margaux. If you're looking to explore otherworldly cultural landscapes and satisfy your craving for some of Bordeaux's finest reds, Chateau Palmer is a great place to start looking for clues. Their wines are as approachable as they are awe-inspiring. The first thing most connoisseurs notice about Chateau Palmer's wines is the almost impossible level of freshness the fruit boasts. It's like plucking a perfectly ripe, delicious grape and eating it on the spot, and the richness and depth of these flavor profiles will keep you coming back for more every single time. The wines tease your heart like a playful lover, and their textures are as smooth as the finest silk.
Rating 96 RP-NM
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
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Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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