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Characteristics of the vintage

Somewhat overshadowed by the legendary '61 vintage, 1962 proved to be a very good, late year.

Cold, damp weather persisted until the end of May, but June was hot and sunny, allowing flowering to take place in excellent conditions. July saw a return of the cool, humid weather seen earlier in the spring and this culminated with a hail storm in the Margaux region on July 26th. Fortunately, the storm did little lasting damage, as fine dry weather then persisted until the end of September. At this point, growers were pleased to see the arrival of some autumn rain after the hot, dry summer.

1962 was a generous year – the biggest harvest of the decade, in fact. The wines are fruity and well balanced with elegance and breed. They have a medium tannin structure but relatively high acidity levels and have consequently aged well.

Harvest dates: from 10/01/1962 to 10/16/1962

Ageing potential

To drink now.


Tasting notes from Enrico Bernardo, 12/01/2011:

Clear garnet-red with brick-red highlights.
Concentrated, rich, complex bouquet reminiscent of earth. Fabulous! Jam, tonka beans, coffee sweets, caramel, plum, and spice on the nose.
The palate is marvellous! Extraordinary! Long, intense, deep, generous, well-muscled, and balanced.

Tasting notes from Georges Lepré, 02/04/2009:

Mellow amber-red colour indicating maturity.

An intense bouquet of blackcurrant and black fruits on the nose, with hints of cherries in brandy.

On the palate, the wine is still soft and fleshy, expressing different registers of aroma, ranging from fine, old leather to liquorice.

Palmer '62 balances soft sensuality with remarkable freshness. The intensely flavoured finish is minty and elegant.

Press Review

FALSTAFF, 01/01/2003
« Frisches Karmingranat, zarte Randaufhellung, in der Nase feiner Champignon, reife Kirsche, angenehme, frische Frucht, zarte SüBe, sehr balanciert, weich, klingt sauber aus.  »

Weinwisser, 01/01/2003
« Mittleres Granat mit bräunlichem Schimmer. offenes, pflaumiges Bouquet, dezent ausladent, wohlig duftend, Earl-Grey-Touch, datteltöne. Samtiger, seidiger Gaumen, sich wie ein Chambertin anfühlend, nachhaltiges Terroiraroma mit gebundenen Süssnoten. Ein tänzerischer Margaux, nach wie vor ein grosses Vergnügen.  »

La Revue du Vin de France, 09/01/2001
« D'une robe plus profonde que celle du 1964, il présente des reflets acajou. Le nez reste charmeur et de belle définition. Elégante et d'un grand classicisme, la bouche offre encore un joli charme en demi-corps. Equilibre parfait et finale épicée d'une grande complexité.  »

The Wine Review of France, 06/01/2001
« The colour is quite deep for its age, with mahogany tints. Flowers and fruit in alcohol, together with a mineral touch make for a delightful and well-defined bouquet. This is an elegant and very classic wine that has plenty of charm and a medium body. Perfectly in balance still, with a gloriously spicy finish. »

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, 12/01/1996
« Vin sous-estimé, qui se révèle grandiose…Comme cela arrive avec les Bordeaux bien équilibré, celui-ci semble presque immortel. A boire (mais cela fait des années que je dis la même chose).  », Franck Dubourdieu, 12/01/1995
« Very good. », Franck Dubourdieu, 12/01/1995
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, Michael Broadbent, 12/01/1983
« Sans doute le vin le plus remarquable en impériale : il atteint presque la profondeur et la maturité charnue des 61. Tout aussi riche et fruité en magnum. »