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The Tasting Room

CHÂTEAU PALMER & ITS ALTER EGO

Château Palmer’s wines. Its words. Different expressions of a single terroir, born of a common philosophy. Homages to a natural environment and to the traditions of an estate, over time they begin to resonate. Not with power, but with finesse, with elegance. With age, grand crus, the words of Château Palmer, take on ever greater meaning.

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The Taste of Harvest

It’s a crucial period of the year in Bordeaux, with harvest season already in full swing at Château Palmer for more than two weeks. The grapes that have reached full maturity are being carefully harvested from parcel to parcel.
October 2019 – It’s a crucial period of the year in Bordeaux, with harvest season already in full swing at Château Palmer for more than two weeks. The grapes that have reached full maturity are being carefully harvested from parcel to parcel. The freshly picked bunches are carried to the sorting table where a team attends to the removal of leaves and damaged berries. In the estate’s vat room, the tanks are filled methodically so that each will contain only a single lot of grapes from a specific parcel.
 
Next comes the tasting of the juice, which takes place every morning in the tasting area of the vat room. Thomas, the director of the estate, Sabrina, the technical director, Olivier, the cellar master, and Hervé, who runs the analysis laboratory, all come together to taste each of the lots and to lay down the programme of tasks, like remontage or pumping over the must, for the following day.
 
At this stage, certain musts still have sugars remaining, while others, notably from the first parcels harvested, have finished their alcoholic fermentation. The tasters concentrate on their texture, their tannic structure, and their acidity, to guide them in setting the rhythm and volume of pump-overs for all the vats.
 
This morning tasting is a decisive moment, when choices made in managing a vinification will contribute to shape the new vintage. It’s an exercise which requires an acute knowledge of Château Palmer’s vineyards, to be able to make decisions that will allow this 2019 vintage to fully express all the richness, nuance, complexity, and beauty of our terroir.
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Château Palmer: Harvest, 2019 vintage, tasting
EXHIBITION
"Jazz, the Sound of New York"
Château Palmer welcomes the exhibition “Jazz, the Sound of New York” by Philippe Lévy-Stab from 2nd September to 20th December 2019.
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Château Palmer: Exhibition, Jazz, Philippe Lévy-Strab, New York
The Estate

Heritage

A history. Château Palmer's is a tale of the spirit, recounted in the lives of the Major General Palmer, the Pereire brothers, and continuing today through generations of the Mähler-Besse and Sichel families. Profiles in passion...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
COLORAMA
Palmer and its Alter Ego are red, but the fruit that makes them is not. Indeed,
through the seasons, it passes through a whole palette of different colours.
 

Firstly, chlorophyll green, the soft colour of recently set fruit.
Then, light to translucent green, like a necessary passage from one colour to another.
Followed by pink, red, then later, brown, as anthocyanins – natural pigments – begin their work, and under their sway, the grapes move towards blue.
Finally, plum blue, a sign that the grapes are ripe.
A daily tasting then decides their fate. Once they have been harvested, a new page begins, white as a spring bloom.

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ENCOUNTERS

Pierre-Baptiste Cormery

Cellar worker
Château palmer, Margaux
Over the last five years, this thirty-something has taken part in all the different phases of vinification of every vintage at Château Palmer.
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Château Palmer : Pierre Baptiste Cormery, chai, vin, barriques, millésimes, metal

"No vintage resembles the one before. This forces us to constantly question our practices, and prevents us from developing any automatisms. Our only guide is our palate."

Pierre-Baptiste Cormery, Cellar Worker, Château Palmer