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The complexity of a terroir, the devotion of those who care for it, all to create wines of focus, balance, length and silk. A signature.
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The Estate

IN THE CELLARS

The heart of Château Palmer. Here in the Village, overlooking the great sorting hall, is where every wine is born and matures. In the shadow of stainless-steel vats and wooden barrels, the technical teams work with care and precision to exalt the vineyard while respecting its bounty. It is where innovation meets tradition – and the future wines of Château Palmer come to life.
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EXHIBITION
LA TERRE DES PAYSANS
“My parents knew before I did that I would never take over the farm, they were overwhelmed by my determination and my passion for photography.” Raymond Depardon. Raymond Depardon was born in France in 1942. Son of farmers, he spent his childhood on the family farm in Garet,...
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A Matter of Taste

Early morning. The sun rises slowly over the vineyard, painting the sky in a vibrant red, melting into shades of orange...

September – Early morning. The sun rises slowly over the vineyard, painting the sky in a vibrant red, melting into shades of orange, then pale pink. This delicate light washes over the estate now. As the dew begins to slowly disappear under the morning sun, Thomas, Sabrina and Sylvain roam the vineyard, tasting.

September is an intense month on the estate, since it generally brings the beginning of harvest. This year, the harvest began September 13th with the parcels of young Merlot. And since the beginning of the month, every morning the technical team has tasted the berries to keep track of the grapes’ maturity levels. They walk the vine rows of every parcel, picking berries here and there, analysing the flavours and smoothness of tannins in the skins and seeds.

Tasting grapes is an art unto itself. It’s the first step towards truly distinguishing the similarities and differences between parcels. It’s the moment when we begin to group the grapes, and even to blend them, if only at first in our minds. Some will reach maturity earlier, revealing themselves before the others. Eventually, this entire puzzle of parcels will be sorted through.

These daily tasting walks allow us to evaluate three types of grape maturity: technological maturity, which reflects the balance of sugar and acidity, aromatic maturity which indicates the aromatic style of the vintage, and finally phenolic maturity, which allows us to judge the quality of the tannins and overall structure.

We seek the moment when these three types of maturity are in sync, so that only the most promising grapes enter the vats. Each vintage is different, unique, and to best respect its style, the decision of whether to harvest or wait must entail a very subtle equation indeed. Each day matters. It’s a countdown whose sum provides the first score of the vintage.

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Behind the Scenes
Choukry’s plot

Behind the name of this plot stands a pretty story… Starting point: 1979. Abdeslem Choukry starts working at Château Palmer. The winegrower of Moroccan origin is paid...

Behind the name of this plot stands a pretty story… Starting point: 1979. Abdeslem Choukry starts working at Château Palmer. The winegrower of Moroccan origin is paid under the task-work system. He trims the vines, picks the grapes during harvest and fills-up his wooden buckets on the horse-drawn cart. Finally, he crushes the berries with his feet… Those were different times ! The worker recalls that « life was full of joy ». Retired since 2007, he lives next to the property’s sheepfold. There is no doubt that he still looks after the plot of Petit Verdot, named after him by Thomas Duroux upon his arrival. Beyond the wordplay and the kind gesture, this is a charming way of acknowledging Mr Choukry. Choukran.

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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