Between The Rows
The red thread. A theme, chosen annually, which guides us in structuring the year’s words and images, in curating our cultural events... in every expression emerging from the estate that lends meaning to our wines and to our daily lives alike.
2019… a year of note.
For at Château Palmer, jazz is in the air,
all the time, everywhere.
It crescendos in the spring when Hear Palmer begins,
but the rhythm never actually ends.
In vineyard rows, barrel cellars, and château halls,
wine and jazz go hand in hand.
Linked by consonance, and a grammar in common,
each is in constant evolution,
propelled by fresh interpretations and free improvisations.
They bridge an unforgettable past and an unpredictable present.
They seek a singular harmony and attain it in their own way,
their success measured only
by the pleasure shared.
THROUGH PALMER'S EYE
10 Vintages, 10 Interpretations
A stone’s throw from the vines, in the heart of the village… It’s here, since 2010, that the blends of the vintage have expressed themselves for the first time. In the spring – in music. An event christened Hear Palmer.
Every year, on the eve of en primeur week, jazzmen are invited to offer their interpretations of the new vintages, live. Blue notes resound and applause rains down. 10 editions, 10 groups: Jacky Terrasson, Michel Portal & Yaron Herman, Giovanni Mirabassi, Glenn Ferris & Flavio Boltro, Lionel Belmondo Trio, Daniel Humair Quartet, Christophe Dal Sasso Big Band, Dan Tepfer & Thomas Enhco, Archie Shepp Quartet, Einar Scheving Quartet and, soon, Émile Parisien.
The 29, 30 and 31 of March next, Hear Palmer blows out the candles on its 10th anniversary. A breath of inspiration anew.
THROUGH PALMER'S EYE
It’s a note so heavy with mood, it’s been lowered by a half step. A simple do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti is suddenly deepened by its addition, as are scores of blues and jazz, whose choruses it colours with melancholy. The Blue note.
A tone to delight the ear and eye, to widen one’s palate for self-expression.
This musical hue appears in wine too, from the shade grapes take upon ripening, to wine’s capacity, like jazz, to constantly reinterpret its heritage. To say nothing of its label… and at Château Palmer, that’s a deep Blue as well, almost black.
Which somehow makes this golden thread between wine and jazz all the more luminous.