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Palmer & you

The Tasting Room
Wine Library
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

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
VOYAGES INSULAIRES
From September 2nd to December 20th, Château Palmer hosts a new exhibition. This autumn we return to the Médoc with an exhibition based on the series Voyages insulaires by Maitetxu Etcheverria. 
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NEWS

Harvest Time

September 2017 - Vendange: noun (in France) the grape harvest. – Oxford Dictionary

September 2017 - Vendange: noun (in France) the grape harvest. – Oxford Dictionary

At Château Palmer, harvest time is fast approaching…

With the arrival of every autumn, the pace of life on the estate quickens… exponentially. Each year, the start of the grape harvest produces a wonderful commotion. Vibrant. Every man and woman animated at their post.

At the end of each day, after having tasted grapes across the vineyards, we decide which parcels to harvest the next day, as not all will reach maturity simultaneously.

A timetable that must be rewritten day after day.

In the vineyards, grape harvesters collect the bunches, one snip after another. These are placed in cagettes or bins which are loaded onto tractors. Thus begins the parade of machines which will bring the precious harvest to the sorting tables. A great number of nimble hands now take over to separate the berries from the leaves. The grapes are then destemmed, pass through an optical sorter and into stainless steel mini-vats, to finally be transported by gravity into the large vats where the alcoholic fermentation begins…

The rhythm is unrelenting, a feverish cadence.

Finally, with some out harvesting in the vineyards and others sorting under the grape reception area, the lunch hour arrives. Each meal during harvest time is a singular moment, as everyone gathers in the banquet hall. A chance for sharing and cheer. Because even over lunch, the life of the estate doesn’t stop. Quite the contrary.

It’s a moment of life at its simplest and most vital, shared by the men and women who make the wine. This is the heart of Château Palmer.

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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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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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Encounters

CHRISTINE
VALINO

Vigneronne
Château Palmer, Margaux
For more than 17 years, she has tied, trained, staked and destemmed her way through the vineyards… Christine Valino is the living memory of a savoir-faire unique to the estate.
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"I learned the profession on the job, without any special training, by simply watching how the others worked."

Christine Valino, Vigneronne, Château Palmer