A drought of historic proportions and an outstanding vintage
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Characteristics of the vintage

No one in France can remember drought conditions of such magnitude over such a long period (57% less rainfall than usual), although temperatures were never as high as during the 2003 heat wave.

We carefully removed all the suckers – twice – as well as the side shoots in order to help the vines cope with reduced water consumption. This led to perfectly well-nourished grapes.

After excellent flowering in early June, summer was excessively dry. Just like many other great vintages, this called a halt to premature growth. Drought conditions had two major effects on the fruit:

- small berries, meaning very low yields

- gradual concentration of flavour compounds in the grapes, very promising in terms of quality

The grapes slowly reached phenolic maturity after a few showers in early September. Picking began on 22 September in plots of Merlot. The grapes were impressively ripe and healthy.

Starting with the first pumping over, the wine had a superb colour and filled the vat room with powerful aromas. The fact that the grapes were so ripe also facilitated alcoholic fermentation. In fact, this was the first time anyone had ever seen sugar levels of this magnitude. Picking of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot took place from 30 September to 7 October under clear, blue skies. Daily tasting throughout fermentation made it possible to achieve just the right degree of extraction and retain all the freshness and balance of this powerful, concentrated vintage.

Harvest dates: from 09/22/2005 to 10/07/2005


Cabernet Sauvignon: 53%
Merlot: 40%
Petit Verdot: 7%

Ageing potential



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

Concentrated, rich, ruby-red colour with deep purple highlights. The richness of the vintage is obvious.
Closed, but deep bouquet with hints of china bark, black liquorice, black cherry, and herbs. Excellent potential.
Starts out very generous, intense, and powerful. Plenty of body, and extremely young. Immense ageing potential and very civilised tannin.

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

Deep purple color with black reflections

The nose literally explodes on notes of great complexity combining morello cherry and macerated prune, oriental spices, sandalwood, incense, leather, cedar, peppermint, violet, blond tobacco with honey…

The fruit is so opulent that the richness in the nose is answered by opulence in the mouth, structured by sumptuous tannins allied to sovereign freshness. The wine has imperious presence and is already glistening. Velvety and suave, the length lingers forever …

The vintage is wholly contained in this Palmer that epitomizes Palmer at its best: breed, balance and elegance.
Conceivable peak: 2015-2050…

Press Review, Robert Parker, 06/29/2015
« Its bigger sister, the 2005 Château Palmer (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot), is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, licorice and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. It is medium to full-bodied, surprisingly opulent (it has a big percentage of Merlot), long, multi-dimensional and textured. This wonderfully pure, stunning wine once again performs as a first-growth. It should drink well for the next 20-25 years. », Lisa Perrotti-Bronw MW, 02/01/2010
« Very deep, inky purple colour. Aromas of warm blackberries, dark chocolate, violets and black olive with nuances of vanilla, mace and graphite. The palate is medium to full bodied, concentrated and dense with medium to high acidity and very firm, fine tannins. Long finish.  »

, George SAPE, 01/11/2010
« Too young to really appreciate what this wine will be, it is already impressive; the initial nose is sweet and very deep, the key aromas are loaded with licorice and charred wood, roasted aromas of coffee beans, then more floral and perfumed, complex and deep, gripping aromas; sweet and intensely focused in the mouth and surprisingly approachable in this its youth; very concentrated flavors, powerful tar-laced fruits, spicy and peppery; this is an intense and deep wine and when it achieves maturity, could well place among the best from this property.  » - In Asia, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, 10/01/2009
« Very deep, inky purple colour. Aromas of warm blackberries, dark chocolate, violets and black olive with nuances of vanilla, mace and graphite. The palate is medium to full bodied, concentrated and dense with medium to high acidity and very firm, fine tannins. Long finish. », Jancis Robinson, 09/14/2009
« Deep black cherry colour, sweet smoky cassis nose and a touch of mint. Not open yet. Lots of sweet spice but not especially oaky until you get to the palate, where it is more marked. Rich and dense and firm with a strong grip but fully ripe in every way. Muscular but smooth, rippling muscles under smooth skin. Dark and concentrated on the palate. Chocolate texture and milk chocolate sweetness but somehow not sweet. Roasted aromas. and a fine fresh long finish. Marked finesse and length and aromatic on the mid palate. 14+%
Drink 2015-35  », Neal Martin, 01/05/2009
« Tasted single blind at Southwold. Another extraordinary primal, chocolate tinged nose with ripe black plum, black olive, kirsch and a touch of cooked meat. Very complex and engaging, more expressive than others at the moment. The palate is beautifully defined, ravishing succulent tannins, perfect acidity, really suave and sophisticated. Enormous depth with sleek saturated tannins. Great length with such finesse on the finish. Decadent is an understatement. Raucous! Drink 2018-2040+ »

Wine & Spirits, Joshua GREENE, 10/01/2008
« At first a taut wine of savory intensity, this takes days after the bottle is first opened to shed light on the details of its flavors. The power of the wine (14 degrees alcohol) and the breadth of the tannin allow no way in, the muscular structure withholding all but a hint of licorice, of pipe tobacco and an apparent vast reservoir of flavor with the density and fruitiness of bitter chocolate. The layers of earthy richness will take decades to unpack. a great Palmer vintage, from the team now led by Thomas Duroux. »

Bettane&Desseauve TAST Pro n°49, Michel Bettane et Thierry Desseauve, 08/01/2008
« Magnifique nez complexe et raffiné avec une touche de menthe qui
lui donne une fraîcheur rare pour l'année, corps superbe et
équilibré, tannin merveilleusement velouté et subtil. Grand vin,
digne du millésime et du cru ! »

International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, 04/01/2008
« Good deep red-ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of blackberry, kirsch and chocolate mint, with a distinctly roasted, jammy character showing today. Compellingly sweet and explosive on the palate, with great fat to the flavors of plum, mulberry, coffee and mocha; like a cocktail of jammy fruits. This is downright massive, not to say decadent, for Palmer-at 14% alcohol the highest ever recorded here. A pure liquid confection.  »

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, 04/01/2008
« This spectacular offering should continue to improve, and may merit an even higher score after additional aging. Stunningly rich and powerful, the dark purple-tinged 2005 Palmer is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Aromas of incense, burning embers, black currants, plums, licorice, and flowers are followed by a full-bodied Margaux with more weight and power even than its nearby first-growth rival, Chateau Margaux. The abundant acidity and tannins are beautifully coated by the wine's exceptional fruit extract and overall harmony and richness. It is so concentrated that one is hard pressed to find even a hint of new oak.  »

Periodic Review of Bordeaux Wine, Alan Duran, 01/01/2008
« The vintage is a blend of 53% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, and the rest petit verdot. It exposes glorious notes of candied-berry, grilled mushroom, vanilla, and toast intertwined with crushed rock. This Palmer will require considerable aging, nevertheless it boasts expansive, powerful, gorgeously long, opulent blackberry flavors, with terrific definition and nuances that linger with striking persistence. A great success story in a fantastic vintage! »

The Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff LEVE, 06/25/2007
« This is a concentrated, complex and very polished wine. The tannins are long and fine. The finish tastes like chocolate coated black fruit with complex licorice accents. This will develop very well. This is an outstanding wine with fabulous Palmer character. »

International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, 04/01/2007
« Saturated, deep ruby-red. Subdued, brooding aromas of dark raspberry and chocolate. Large-scaled, broad and round, with a lush, tactile quality and outstanding depth of flavor. The substantial, dusty tannins arrive very late, allowing the superripe finishing flavors of kirsch and dark chocolate to open and expand. There's something almost 1947-like about this decadent, layered wine. This is the ripest Palmer ever made, at 14% alcohol and a pH of 3.85; Duroux told me it includes a bit of merlot picked at 15.5%. (Incidentally, the considerably less expensive Alter Ego, also made in an unusually sweet style, is wonderfully plush and full and will offer great early appeal.) »

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, 04/01/2007
« Produced from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot (only 50% of the total crop was used), the 2005 Palmer boasts an amazing 14% natural alcohol. New administrator Thomas Duroux (formerly of Ornellaia in Tuscany) has fashioned a true classic. Creme de cassis, camphor, earth, licorice, and spicy oak characteristics emerge from this sensationally rich, full-bodied Margaux. With terrific texture, awesome intensity, high but sweet tannin, and refreshing, well-integrated acidity, this wine will be at its finest between 2015-2050+.  »

Carnets de Dégustation, Jean-Marc Quarin, 02/01/2007
« PALMER, goûté trois fois depuis les primeurs, ma note est passée de 18,25 à 18,5, ce qui le met au même niveau que l'exceptionnel 2002. Il est difficile de les comparer tant leurs styles divergent. 2005 impressionne par sa chair et sa succulence.

Le Courrier Vinicole, Denis Marsan, 07/01/2006
« Thomas Duroux (anciennement de Orneillaia) a produit un très grand Palmer avec ce millésime 2005. L'un des plus grands vins jamais produits. tout à fait magistral. »

Carnets de Dégustation, Jean-Marc Quarin, 04/01/2006
« Ma meilleure note donnée à ce cru en primeur.
Très belle couleur sombre. Grand nez fin, frais, floral, fruité, profond. Ouh là, quelle entrée en bouche ! Ce vin minutieux, soyeux, très, très pulpeux fond au palais et se développe dense. Après le milieu de bouche, il prend une dimension plus puissante et s'achève long, chaleureux et ultra-enveloppé dans son tanin. Ce n'est pas peu dire, car Palmer n'est jamais rude. Grand vin.
Assemblage : 40% merlot, 53% cabernet sauvignon et 7% petit verdot.  »

Carnets de Dégustation de la RVF, Bernard Burtschy, 04/01/2006
« Robe sombre; nez intense, très réglissé; bouche dense et massive, de belle concentration, un peu stricte avec une légère dureté tannique. Moins marqué par le merlot que d'habitude, Palmer présente une face plus stricte, avec une belle concentration et des tanins à fondre. De très longue garde. »

Decanter, Steven Spurrier, 04/01/2006
« Hugely rich, tobacco leaves and cassis on nose, wonderful clarity of flavour, silky texture with powerful fruit and firm tannins.  »

Falstaff, Peter Moser, 04/01/2006
« Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, fast opaker Kern, violette Randaufhellung, in der Nase feine süße Brombeernote, Vanille, enormer Schmelz. Am Gaumen wunderbare Balance, delikates Fruchtspiel, perfekte Tannine, feine Schokolade, stoffig, sehr, sehrlang, zeigt ein Riesenpotenzial. »

GaultMillau, Jean-Michel Deluc, 04/01/2006
« La réussite de l'année à Margaux.
Classe et race sur une structure fine et charnue à la fois. Du fruité et de l'élégance dans la texture. La charpente du vin est tout aussi en finesse avec des tanins soyeux et veloutés. Un vin voluptueux, la classe!
L'avis du Château : Millésime d'anthologie dont on ne peut qu'être fou amoureux! Claude Chardon, 78 ans, ancien viticulteur de Château Palmer, soutient n'avoir jamais connu un pareil vin en 50 millésimes. Et après un ultime effort de mémoire, avoue que peut-être 1945 ... s'en rapprochait! Silence, on remercie! »

International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, 04/01/2006
« Saturated ruby-red. Very ripe, expressive aromas of plum, kirsch and chocolate, with lovely floral lift. Wonderfully dense, rich and fat with fruit; a distinctly thick, chewy Palmer with broad shoulders. The creamy merlot contributes to the wine's seamless texture, and an intriguing truffley nuance adds complexity. Finishes with wonderfully ripe, lush tannins. Offers great potential. »

Langton's, Andrew Caillard MW, 04/01/2006
« Deep crimson. Liquorice/ chocolate/ plummy aromas. Sweet juicy blackcurrant/coffee/ liquorice aromas. The palate is supple and sweet with well concentrated chocolate/ plummy flavours and fine slinky tannins. Finishes long and liquorice/ cedary. »

Le Point, Jacques Dupont, 04/01/2006
« Violette, prune, touche de poivre, attaque volumineuse, impressionnante de densité et de douceur. On croit le vin massif et, au contraire, il s'affine, évolue doucement en bouche vers l'élégance et la tension. Une qualité de tanins remarquable donne cette impression de délicatesse. Un vin cylindrique, intense en saveurs. La puissance ne l'emporte jamais. "S'élever au-dessus de la faiblesse est une force, s'élever au-dessus de la force, une faiblesse" Ladislav Klima. »

Les carnets de dégustation de J-Ch.Estève, J-Ch.Estève, 04/01/2006
« Nez ouvert fruits noirs, épices vanille et cannelle, bouche veloutée à l'attaque, « Elle fait boule, dit Delfaux », des tanins de grande race, bien enrobés, un boisé très fondu, longue finale sur le fruit noir, séveuse et équilibrée. Un vin puissant d'une grande prestance. »

plane, Mario Scheuermann & Michael Pronay, 04/01/2006
« Der Château Palmer 2005 wird ganz sicher zu en erfolgreichsten Weinen der diesjährigen Kampagne zählen. Es handelt sich nach meiner Einschätzung um den besten Palmer seit dem legendären Wein des Jahrgangs 1961; jedenfalls habe ich noch nie einen besseren Palmer in diesem jungen Stadium verkostet.
Dunkles, tiefes rubinviolett. In der Nase eine dunkle Frucht mit Würze und rauchigen Noten. Ein Musterbeispiel an Harmonie und Eleganz, strahlend und nahe der Perfektion. Hat einerseits einen sehr dicht strukturierten Körper, andererseits an der Oberfläche sehr seidige Tannine. Am Gaumen ist er auf wunderbare Weise ausgewogen: saftige Frucht, eine prächtige Süsse. Der ungewöhnlich hohe Alkohol von 14 % Vol. wirkt nicht störend sondern trägt die Aromen. Langer, tiefer Abgang. Auch dieser Wein hat einen etwas höheren Cabernet Anteil (53 %) als die eigentliche Fläche für diese Sorte (47 %). Aber der Wern spielt im Cuvée ganz finessenreich mit dem Merlot (40 %) und der Ergänzungssorte Petit Verdot (7 %). Dieses sorgsame und exakte Austarieren de Sorten verrät höchste Weinmacherkunst.  »

Revue du Vin de France, Bernard Burtschy, 04/01/2006
« Moins merlot que d'habitude, Palmer présente une face plus stricte, mais avec une belle concentration et des tanins à fondre. De très longue garde. »

Tast Pro, Michel Bettane et Thierry Desseauve, 04/01/2006
« Encore une fois le seul vin de l'appellation avec Margaux et Giscours (mais dans un style si différent) à se détacher nettement de ses pairs par un supplément de vinosité, de complexité et de noblesse aromatique. La texture si soyeuse propre à ce cru a encore gagné en raffinement grâce à une légère augmentation du pourcentage des cabernets-sauvignons et à un traitement encore plus précis du raisin à la vendange. Un vin remarquable et qui sera de toute évidence avidement recherché. »

Vinissime, Didier Romieux, 04/01/2006
« Le nez se montre moins expressif que sur Alter Ego car la concentration est plus forte, mais de très belles notes de mûres semblent survoler au dessus des fruits noirs. Grande densité en bouche et une masse de tannins serrés mais très élégants, avec une grande puissance de fruit et une minéralité extraordinaire. Un très grand PALMER d'une rare finesse et d'une race exceptionnelle. Excellent à tous points de vues.  »

Vinum, Barbara Schroeder & Rolph Bichsel, 04/01/2006
« Rien que le nez de ce vin séduit déjà par ses composantes florales, minérales et fruitées, ses notes de cassis mûr. Les tannins sont parfaitement travaillés, denses, frais, la finale est longue et riche en arômes. Seule la haute teneur en alcool irrité quelque peu, mais sans déranger vraiment: cela fait partie du millésime et l'alcool est équilibré par la structure et la fraîcheur. Voilà un Palmer qui sort de l'ordinaire et qui exprime bien le style du millésime.  »

Vinum, Rolf Bichsel & Barbara Schroeder, 04/01/2006
« Schon das Bouquet dieses Weines ist beeindruckend mit den blumigen, mineralischen und fruchtigen Kpmponenten, den Noten reifer Johannisbeeren. Die Tannine sind perfekt gearbeitet, dicht, frisch, das Finale ist lang und aromatisch. Einzig der hohe Alkoholgehalt irritiert ein wenig, doch ohne wirklich zu stören. Er gehört zum Jahrgang und wird durch die Struktur und die Frische ausbalanciert. Ein besonderer Palmer, der den Stil des Jahres gut wiedergibt.  »

Weinwirtschaft, Harald Ecker, 04/01/2006
« edles, fruchtiges, blumiges Bukett (auch Veilchen); feinfruchtig, lieblich; fruchtig und frisch; saftig, trotz reichen, sehr dichten Tannins; Kakaonote, gebrannte Körner und Kaffebohnen; zauberhaft, harmonisch mit Rasse; Potenzial  »

Weinwisser, René Gabriel, 04/01/2006
« Tiefes Purpur-Rubin mit violettem Rand. Kompaktes, dichtes Beerenbouquet, ein Hauch Cassis darin, dunkle Hölzer, Tabak, Teer und Trüffel, sehr tiefgründig, verschlossen. Fester enorm dichter Gaumen, viel Fleisch, blau-bis mehrheitlich schwarzbeering, getrocknete Heidelbeeren, Brombeeren, intensive, aber genial verteilte Adstringenz,gebündeltes, extrem langes Finale.Wo ist dieser Palmer einzureihen? Es gibt praktish keine Vergleiche, weil sonst in derart grossen Jahren der Wein im Verhältnis zu den Tanninen parallel fetter wurde, was sich hier eher in Fleisch und Kraft zeigt. Das vielleicht deshalb, weil die hochgradigen Merlots eine Struktur aufwiesen, die man sonst nur vom Cabernet kennt. Ein legendärer, fast schon montröser Palmer. Nichts für Ungeduldige.  »

Wine & Spirit, Gavin Quinney, 04/01/2006
« A spectacular effort from Palmer, this is even better than the 2000 - perhaps. Rich, fleshy and delicious, like so many of the great wines of 2005 it has remarkable freshness. Made from low yields of 32 hl/ha. »

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Joshua Greene, 04/01/2006
« Thomas Duroux says of his 2005, "The alcohol is 14 degrees; this is the first time we've harvested at that level. All the numbers are really high, but the tannins are so sweet; it's not about numbers, it's about balance." The tannins are sweet in the sample I tasted, with beautiful aromatics that arise from those tannins as well as from the fresh black fruit. The fruit flavors seem impenetrable for now; the only thing detracting from the gracious balance is the peppery aspect in the finish, heat from a combination of alcohol and tannin. Rather than building a blockbuster, Duroux aimed to preserve "the velvet style of Palmer." What he achieved will take many years to fully perceive. »

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Roger Voss, 04/01/2006
« A fine, dry, very complete wine with all the elements in place. It is dense, with black chocolate opulence, with very pure acidity and dark plum fruit flavors underneath.  », Michael Apstein, 04/01/2006
« Palmer continues its recent ascent. A big step was the introduction of another wine, Alter Ego in 1998. In 2005, for the first time, they used small plastic bins for the harvest to minimize bruising the grapes. They also used a double sorting table, both before and after destemming, discarding any damaged fruit. Palmer usually sells off five to ten percent of its wine in bulk, but in 2005 kept it all because the quality was so high. About one-third of the production, 4,000 cases, went into Alter Ego. The remainder will be bottled as the grand vin. Thomas Duroux, the General Manager, echoed others when he characterized the 2005 vintage as "drought without heat which kept the freshness (acidity) in the wine." It is a dense, long, fabulous wine filled with minerals. Lush and velvety, the tannins are unobtrusive and perfectly integrated. It has incredibly length and polish. », The Berrys' Fine Wine Team, 04/01/2006
« Awesome. Showstopping. Remarkable. Palmer is all of these things in 2005. A stunning, full bodied expansive beauty of a wine, it would be hard to find a Left Bank wine as aromatically seductive as this
It is quintessentially Margaux with a Pomerol-like richness. Made with more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (53%), and 40% Merlot, the château takes its name from an English General who served under Wellington and arrived in Bordeaux with his army in 1814 before buying the property.
Deep black cherries abound on the nose with a breathtaking blast of minerals and spice, and not a hint of oak. This is silky and gorgeous with unbelievably pure, firm and precise fruit on the palate. With multiple layers of complexity, the finish was so long we could still taste it - without any exaggeration - 15 minutes after leaving the château.
The 78-year-old former winemaker said the only vintage to compare to the 2005 was the 1945 and in his view the 2005 surpassed the legends of 1961, 1983 and 1989 at the same stage. This is worth every penny.  », Franck Dubourdieu, 04/01/2006
« A première vue (goût) ce vin ne semble pas faire beaucoup d'ombre au 2004 que je recommande au passage. Outre une finesse et une pureté de l'arôme, le vin démontre un volume, une profondeur et une longueur qui impressionnent. Les vieux Cabernet (53%) sont sublimés par les plus beaux merlot et par le Petit Verdot. Lorsque la fusion de cet heureux assemblage sera accomplie, à quelle merveille gustative d'heureux palais seront-ils confrontés? Au sublime 1961? C'est l'avis, certes un peu osé, d'un des actionnaires. Mais pourquoi pas? », Izak Litwar, 04/01/2006
« Palmer was as always a perfect example of beautiful elegance and finesse, the goodies Margaux commune is so famous of. This was a complete wine and a heartbreaker », Jancis Robinson, 04/01/2006
« Very dark crimson. Lift and perfume. Very supple start, with sweetness and quite obvious Cabernet Sauvignon rigour (53 per cent) plus seven per cent Petit Verdot. A bit severe with sandy tannins on the finish. Just a little hole on the mid palate at the moment. Well crafted but I wouldn't have minded just a little more acidity. 14 per cent – without chaptalisation of course – a record for Palmer. Beautiful texture and winemaking; I'm just looking for a little more flavour at this point.  », Lavinia France, 04/01/2006
« Le nez puissant et profond évoque le cassis, les framboises, le chocolat avec des nuances florales. L'attaque est magnifique, très Margaux de par sa texture veloutée et sa puissance toute en finesse. Les tannins sont racés et totalement intégrés, la finale est fraiche, longue et d'une grande suavité: un vin sérieux mais sensuel. », The Cellaret, 04/01/2006
« Palmer A refined nose of perfumed violets infused with black cherry conserve a touch of coconut and a strip of sweet black liquorice. Then it plunges through layers of utter silk flavours of black cherries and violets on a bed of cloves. It finishes on a note of creaminess with strata of black liquorice giving a very subtle conclusion. The tannins are well integrated and nicely integrated. It has a powerful and concentrated style, particularly this year with the ripe, plump Merlot that came in with such high sugar numbers. There's a level of complexity here which may well bear comparison with the legendary 1961 or 1945. Time will tell. 57% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon.  »

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, 03/01/2006
« A classic vin de garde as well as a Palmer for the ages, the 2005 will last for 40-50 years. Representing 50% of the production, it is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful bouquet of flowers, cassis, spice box, forest floor, and subtle wood. Boasting extraordinary intensity, a huge entry on the palate, full body, high tannin, and good underlying acidity, this is a massive as well as exquisitely elegant, pure effort.  »

Wine Spectator, James Suckling, 03/01/2006
« Opulent and flamboyant are the two words that come to mind with this wine. Aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big, chewy tannins (yet they are refined and silky) and a long, long finish. This is a full-throttle Palmer. Superripe and delicious.  »

Wine Spectator, James Suckling, 03/01/2006
« Opulent et flamboyant sont les deux mots qui viennent à l'esprit pour évoquer ce vin. Des arômes de mûres, de chocolat noir et de bois grillé qui se retrouvent en bouche avec des tanins complexes et un final très long. C'est un Palmer délicieux et très mûr. »

BORDEAUX Aujourd'hui, Franck Dubourdieu, James Lawther et Christophe Tupinier, 11/30/-0001
« Un vin hors norme, qui peut déconcerter au premier abord par ses arômes de fruits noirs très mûrs, presque confiturés. La bouche offre une rondeur, un gras, une richesse incomparable. "Est-ce du 1961, du 1947, du 1945?", s'interroge un dégustateur. L'avenir le dira... »