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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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2016, REVEALING NATURE’S BALANCE

The season of beauty… Spring continues onward, leaving behind an en primeurs week...

April 2017 – The season of beauty… Spring continues onward, leaving behind an en primeurs week as intense as it was sunlit. The vineyards seem hushed now, as nature grows and the garden whispers. It’s a return to calm, and a chance to recall the birth of this lovely 2016 vintage.

Some vintages, it seems the entire cycle of life, from bud break to harvest, progresses at the tranquil tempo of exquisite clockwork. Yet it’s when the seasons go offbeat, and vignerons must dig deep to find their rhythm anew, that estates can truly reveal the essence of a grand cru – so it was in 2016.
A winter so mild the Merlot vines budded early, a spring so wet we feared a mildew calamity… 2016 kept our vineyard team on their toes. But they rose to the challenge like great jazz players, who upon hitting an unexpected note, can fold the troublesome tone into a jubilant new melody.
They improvised with gusto and grandeur, until a dry, mellow summer brought a sigh of relief. As autumn neared, the grapes began to don their habitual midnight blue.
Finally, on October 3 began the latest harvest in memory! Yields were modest, unsurprising given the year’s ordeals, but quality was simply stunning. Powerful, perfectly ripe tannins, extraordinary aromatics… sublimating such superior fruit is a cellar team’s raison d’être. Though still maturing, the nascent Palmer and Alter Ego 2016 already boast equilibriums wholly distinct from previous great vintages.
 Balancing elegance and depth, their alcohol content is quite typical, yet their tannic structure utterly exceptional. In the end, it’s Palmer’s unmistakeable velvet character which distinguishes these wines as our own, silken proof that in this unexpected vintage, Château Palmer found its rhythm after all.

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EXHIBITION
NATURAL GARDENS
Château Palmer’s first new exhibition of 2017 begins this month. From March 13 to August 25, 2017, one of the greatest photographers of his generation, the inspired and inspiring Sebastião Salgado, exhibits a selection of photographs from his work Genesis.
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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

SYLVAIN
FRIES

Head of Vineyard R&D
Château Palmer, Margaux
Originally from Mulhouse in the east of France, Sylvain Fries lived several different lives before his arrival at Château Palmer. Experience he now draws on to bring fresh impetus to the estate.
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"I’m particularly fond of the 2009 Palmer. I still remember tasting it in the cellar during the winemaking process."

Sylvain Fries, Head of Vineyard R&D, Château Palmer, Margaux