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2021, time and moderation

The year 2021 is a vintage in which the talents of a diverse and determined team have made the difference.

While January initially heralded a cold winter, February promised kinder temperatures and nourishing rains. The return to dry weather fostered consistent budding across the vines. Having been efficiently contained by the teams, the spring frosts – black from April 6 to 8; white in mid-April and early May – slowed growth. Flowering eventually began on May 28, two weeks later than in 2020, in a warm, dry climate. The fruit set accelerated, and a handful of our most earliest ripening Merlots were affected by coulure.

Rainfall was followed by a sharp rise in temperatures in June, leading to explosive vegetative growth. Shortly after a torrential storm on June 19, the arrival of mildew required meticulous monitoring until the end of the ripening period. A half-hearted summer until August 15 exacerbated vine growth, sparking fears of low numbers of grapes. In late August and early September, four weeks of dry weather thankfully dispelled a lot of the water and the ripening process resumed as normal, just in time for the harvest.

Threatened by botrytis, the Merlot harvest started on September 24 while the Cabernets finished on October 15. Despite more modest yields than expected, the harvest was healthy with ripe grapes, and the tasting revealed a remarkably fine tannic texture. The assemblages were finalised in early December, reflecting an ever-clearer perspective of the Château Palmer plots. This 2021 batch offers exceptionally fulfilled wines, rooted in moderation and harmony, harking back to the vintages of the previous century.

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Nature at work

Spring is never short on surprises. On sudden appearances.

Spring is never short on surprises. On sudden appearances. While the final jobs are being completed (acanage, pliage), the sap awakens and the vine transforms. This is “winter’s dreams told at the table of angels,” to quote the poet Khalil Gibran. The first buds emerge under their fine down; a “budding” period both miraculous and at the mercy of climatic whims.

 

These are “weeks that count twice as much,” says Sabrina Pernet, the technical director of Château Palmer. The early April frosts forced the teams to be tirelessly vigilant, tending gently to the Merlots with candles and wind turbines. Since then, the winemakers have coddled the buds, spraying valerian and essential oil of Helichrysum to strengthen the branches until the blossoms arrive. The ingenuity of the earth reclaims its rightful place while the spring breeze warms our hearts.

 

The next few days will see the arrival of green shoots of Cabernet Sauvignon and the new vintage will be revealed to early buyers, complete with its promise of aromatic freshness and supple tannins. Blooms and resurrection; the unstoppable dance of the seasons, true to itself and different every year, ends the long winter’s night with a promise of radiant days to come.

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Château Palmer 2011 A preciously kept secret

Château Palmer extends an invitation to all great wine lovers for 2011’s market re-entry, this Thursday September 23rd. After ten years of silent evolution in the property’s cellars, Château Palmer 2011 is ready to arise from its reserve: a rare, singular and powerful vintage, most surely magnified over time.

Château Palmer extends an invitation to all great wine lovers for 2011’s market re-entry, this Thursday September 23rd. After ten years of silent evolution in the property’s cellars, Château Palmer 2011 is ready to arise from its reserve: a rare, singular and powerful vintage, most surely magnified over time.

A rare vintage

Half a century after the legendary 1961 vintage, Château Palmer 2011 distinguishes itself with its very low yields: twenty hectolitres per hectare, a historic low in its time. Blame goes to a hostile month of June, inflicting on the vineyard, both hail and heatwaves, one after another. The result? A concentration as beautiful as it is unexpected, full of great potential right from the start.

A unique vintage

Truly atypical for the left bank, Château Palmer 2011 breaks free from the vintage’s solar and precocious branding to entrench itself in its terroir, matching frank acidity with extremely precise tannins. Forty years after the misunderstood 1971, an unexpected miracle of grace and balance, it has joined the shortlist of unique wines that arise from the ordinary despite complicated conditions.

A powerful vintage

An aesthetic and powerful wine, perfect for keeping, Château Palmer 2011 is currently emerging from its reserve phase, ready to reveal its prime characteristics. Its distinctive velvetiness, draped in a fleshy and generous structure, deploys notes of fresh spices and precious wood that resonate with force. From the height of this first ten year peak, this promising 2011 has not finished its evolution ...

"An atypical great wine on the Bordeaux scale, Château Palmer 2011 breaks free from the vintage’s brand to entrench itself in its terroir. Undeniably, a prominent wine in the Palmer’s history... "

Thomas Duroux, Director of Château Palmer

Since 2010, Château Palmer has preciously kept a large part of its production in the property’s historic cellar. If the Primeurs week, which traditionally takes place in Bordeaux in the spring, remains the perfect opportunity to present young, delicate wines waiting to be kept, Palmer thus inaugurates in 2020 a new concept: the second and last market re-entry, after ten years of meticulous vigilance at the château, a vintage ready to be tasted.

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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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"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