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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 ESTATE

PHILOSOPHY

Bedrock. Château Palmer’s wines are a red thread reaching into history. But deeper still, at the estate’s foundation, are values, commitments and community. A world unto itself, curious, sensitive, attentive… encompassing more than just wine.
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EXHIBITION
MÉMOIRE DE L'ÉPHÉMÈRE
A pioneering artist, Ernest Pignon-Ernest’s works have often emerged out of literature, drawn not to be hung in museums, but to be installed in places where they will resonate with meaning. The exhibition Mémoire de l’éphémère may be seen during estate visits to Château Palmer.
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On the Memories of Vines

The sun has returned after five particularly rainy months, and the vignerons and vigneronnes...

July 2018 – The sun has returned after five particularly rainy months, and the vignerons and vigneronnes have begun the work of green pruning: desuckering, removing secondary shoots and raising the support wires.

In certain parcels, “bridges” are also being created between two shoots from adjacent vines. This technique, called le tressage (literally “braiding”), is used on parcels such as those situated on the Brauzes plateau.

The braiding of vine shoots is a manual practice which seems to be of particular interest for the grapevine.

In the wild, a vine depends on other plants to be able to grow and flourish. With the practice of braiding, we permit it to recreate these social links, this form of communication, which proves to be beneficial to its development. To accomplish the manoeuvre, one must first wait until the shoots begin to bend. At this point, instead of trimming them, we delicately intertwine the shoots of the two adjacent vines in the same row. Very soon the vine tendrils will become intertwined, and the two vines will become linked. They communicate.

Not trimming the vines also allows us to preserve its apex.

The apex is found at the end or tip of the plant. It is at once the seat of the vine shoot’s memory, its senses, and its decision-making – essentially, it’s the plant’s brain. Carrying a memory of the meteorological conditions of the vintage, the apex protects its shoot by sending back information to the plant, thus safeguarding the grapes it means to bring to maturity.

After several years of experimenting, we’ve noted that the creation of these bridges results in an improved management of the plant’s water consumption. And since we no longer trim the vine tips, it also limits the growth of secondary shoots. In the event of a rainy period, as was the case in the month of June, this technique helps to better aerate the grape bunches (after desuckering), which aids in keeping the berries dry and exposed to sunlight.

The vines are thus better prepared to withstand external threats, to deal with hydric stress, and to communicate with one another, while developing their root system and their leaf surface. A growing method more in harmony with their natural development. All to produce grapes of ever greater quality… and an apex full of memories.
 

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Behind the Scenes
Peculiar Pebbles

Behind a bare and stony façade, riches abound… Pebbles underfoot. Millions of them. Black, coarse and brittle; white and round; small and marbled… glorious gravel.

Behind a bare and stony façade, riches abound…
Pebbles underfoot. Millions of them. Black, coarse and brittle; white and round; small and marbled… glorious gravel. The foundation of a remarkable soil known as les graves. For their age alone they inspire wonder – between 1.2 and 1.7 million years old. Over two glacial periods, the Garonne river deposited them here as vast terraces, atop the rises of the Margaux appellation, across the Brauzes Plateau. Their qualities have fascinated us ever since. The soils they create remain poor in organic matter, thus limiting a grapevine’s growth and preventing overdevelopment of shoots and leaves. Deposited in layers, they provide perfect drainage, while retaining and then releasing heat – decidedly propitious conditions for the production of grapes. Precious stones, indeed.
 

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THE ESTATE

IN THE VINEYARDS

The nature of Château Palmer. In the heart of the Margaux appellation, 66 hectares of gravelly soil and grassy rows overlooking the Garonne River. Between this earth rich in ancient history, and these heavenly skies with their nurturing microclimate, vines flourish under the care of men and women. A terroir, three grape varieties: such is the horizon of Château Palmer.
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Encounters

Tom Black

Entrepreneur - Wine collector
Los Angeles
American Dream. Born into a poor Kansas family, he’d distinguish himself in sales, and create a prosperous banking equipment company. An ever-evolving career with one constant – a love of wines, and one of the most renowned collections in the USA.
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“Palmer is a well-known Château
One of the greatest in Bordeaux
Once it touches your lips
Your lips will write quips
And you’ll want to go to Margaux!”

Tom Black, Entrepreneur - Wine collector, Los Angeles