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Palmer 2004

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2004Palmer NewDM111,050.00bt94 RP135094.0094.00Palmer310
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Tasting Notes

This stunning wine is one of the vintage’s great successes. Administrator Thomas Duroux has fashioned a modern day version of Palmer’s brilliant 1966. Displaying a rare combination of power and elegance, this dense purple-colored offering exhibits notes of blackberries, truffles, flowers, incense, and camphor. Long, classic, and medium to full-bodied with stunning texture and richness, this superb effort is a candidate for the finest Margaux of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025+. Also tasted: 2004 Alter Ego de Palmer (88)

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007

One of the stars of the vintage, the 2004 Palmer, a blend of 47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot, is a significantly richer, fuller-bodied, and potentially more complex wine than the 2003, 2002, and 2001. The 2004's dense blue/purple color is followed by an extraordinary nose of acacia flowers, charcoal, creme de cassis, and grilled meats. This powerful, heady, full-bodied effort may turn out to be a modern day version of Palmer’s brilliant 1966. It requires 5-7 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 2-3 decades. Bravo!

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006

A significant improvement over the 2003, Palmer’s 2004 (47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Petit Verdot), which was harvested between September 27 and October 12, possesses a high level of tannin. Only about one-third of the crop made it into this dense ruby/purple-colored effort. Notes of licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and grilled meats are found in this pure, rich, fat Margaux. Classically structured, medium-bodied, long, and firmly tannic, it should be at its peak between 2010-2025.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

This is a fruity and firm wine with lovely blackberry and cherry character. Full-bodied, with good tannins and a medium finish. Needs a bit more in the midpalate, but very good indeed

James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005

Lovely fresh, intense palate entry - all wonderfully integrated and vivacious. Very smart and Margaux - nothing too sweet or ripe but beautifully integrated. Great success! Real structure but with polish too. Lovely wine.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2005
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Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2008

A more classic year than the 2003 or 2005 on either side, really showing beautifully right now, still young but full of promise, tension and juice. This is an extremely elegant, balanced Palmer, with dark berry fruits, cassis and blackberry, touch of campfire smoke, salinity and plenty of juice running through the muscular tannins. Plays with you on the finish, stretching out its flavours, salivating, totally gorgeous, suprisingly so for a vintage that can get overlooked. One that you could happily open now, or hold for another decade or more. Harvest September 27 to October 12, 60% new oak. Thomas Duroux's first vintage as director.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, December 2021

A classic example of the elegance Palmer can give. There's ripe fruit on the nose, and dense, sweet fruit on the palate. It's showing a restrained, austere side now, but there's richness as well as power. Excellent structure and balance, with lovely, rich tannins; not drying. And the final touch is the sweet, Elvas plum aftertaste. 2012-2030

Wine International Panel, Wine International (June 05), June 2005
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