2004 Palmer

- 750 ml
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One of the stars of the vintage, the 2004 Palmer, a blend of 47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot, is a significantly richer, fuller-bodied, and potentially more complex wine than the 2003, 2002, and 2001. The 2004's dense blue/purple color is followed by an extraordinary nose of acacia flowers, charcoal, creme de cassis, and grilled meats. This powerful, heady, full-bodied effort may turn out to be a modern day version of Palmer’s brilliant 1966. It requires 5-7 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 2-3 decades. Bravo!

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
This stunning wine is one of the vintage's great successes. Administrator Thomas Duroux has fashioned a modern day version of Palmer's brilliant 1966. Displaying a rare combination of power and elegance, this dense purple-colored offering exhibits notes of blackberries, truffles, flowers, incense, and camphor. Long, classic, and medium to full-bodied with stunning texture and richness, this superb effort is a candidate for the finest Margaux of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025+...

Robert Parker | 95 RP-NM
(47% merlot, 46% cabernet sauvignon and 7% petit verdot) Very deep ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, black cherry and violet; almost minty in the way of a blackberry pastille. Densely packed, pure and penetrating; extremely primary and vibrant, particularly for a wine with so much merlot. As suave and seamless as this is, there's no shortage of underlying muscle. Serious, powerful Palmer with the structure for extended aging.

Vinous Media | 93 VM
This wine hits the opulent end of the spectrum, with its dense, velvet structure, and superrich fruit. But it is not weighed down with this richness, because the pure fruit, the fine lines of the tannins and the very precise character of the vanilla from the wood all give liveliness.

Wine Enthusiast | 93 WE
A blend of 47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet and 7% Petit Verdot from a large and bountiful crop, this was Thomas Duroux’s debut vintage at the estate. 2004 was also a classic vintage in Margaux and this is certainly on the elegant end of the spectrum, with cedar, cassis and shoe polish on the nose. The palate has poise and balance with a linear acidity, medium chalky, fine grained tannins alongside a delicious hit of primary blackcurrant and cherry fruit followed by a long mineral finish. Twelve years on from the vintage, this excellent 2004 is just beginning to move into its next phase of development when it will become even more complex and drinkable. Drinking Window 2016 - 2028

Decanter | 92 DEC
Aromas of licorice, tar and mineral follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. A very pretty wine already. Falls a little short, but still outstanding. Best after 2009. 6,000 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 91 WS
(Château Palmer) The 2004 Palmer is one of my favorite wines of the vintage that I have sampled from the couple dozen various châteaux that I have crossed paths with here in New York from the ’04 vintage. The wine is deep and nicely structured, but not overly extracted or inky (as is unfortunately the case with so many examples I have tasted of ’04 claret), as it offers up a stylish nose of cassis, black cherries, tobacco leaf, soil tones and a deft framing of cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, focused and beautifully balanced, with firm, but well-integrated tannins, and lovely length and grip on the finish. A very stylish middleweight in the making. (Drink between 2014-2035)

John Gilman | 90 JG

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Availability In Stock
Vintage 2004
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
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
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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