Palmer 2005


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Tasting Notes

Came 31st out of 184 wines

Score: 17, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2009

Its bigger sister, the 2005 Château Palmer (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot), is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, licorice and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. It is medium to full-bodied, surprisingly opulent (it has a big percentage of Merlot), long, multi-dimensional and textured. This wonderfully pure, stunning wine once again performs as a first-growth. It should drink well for the next 20-25 years. Drink 2015-2040.

Score: 98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

This spectacular offering should continue to improve, and may merit an even higher score after additional aging. Stunningly rich and powerful, the dark purple-tinged 2005 Palmer is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Aromas of incense, burning embers, black currants, plums, licorice, and flowers are followed by a full-bodied Margaux with more weight and power even than its nearby first-growth rival, Chateau Margaux. The abundant acidity and tannins are beautifully coated by the wine’s exceptional fruit extract and overall harmony and richness. It is so concentrated that one is hard pressed to find even a hint of new oak. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2045+

Score: 97Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

Produced from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot (only 50% of the total crop was used), the 2005 Palmer boasts an amazing 14% natural alcohol. New administrator Thomas Duroux (formerly of Ornellaia in Tuscany) has fashioned a true classic. Creme de cassis, camphor, earth, licorice, and spicy oak characteristics emerge from this sensationally rich, full-bodied Margaux. With terrific texture, awesome intensity, high but sweet tannin, and refreshing, well-integrated acidity, this wine will be at its finest between 2015-2050+.

Score: 94/96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

A classic vin de garde as well as a Palmer for the ages, the 2005 will last for 40-50 years. Representing 50% of the production, it is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful bouquet of flowers, cassis, spice box, forest floor, and subtle wood. Boasting extraordinary intensity, a huge entry on the palate, full body, high tannin, and good underlying acidity, this is a massive as well as exquisitely elegant, pure effort. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+.

Score: 94/96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

The Château Palmer 2005 is blessed with a very intense bouquet (as usual!) with black cherries, wild strawberry, dried herbs and a strong peppermint scent that comes as some surprise, but is in sync with the rest of the aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very poised in the mouth with blackberry, cedar and graphite notes. This is a backward Margaux but you cannot deny the precision and persistence on the finish. Fabulous. Drink 2018 - 2050

Score: 96Neal Martin,, February 2015

Score: 95James Suckling,, February 2008

Opulent and flamboyant are the two words that come to mind with this wine. Aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and toasted oak follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big, chewy tannins (yet they are refined and silky) and a long, long finish. This is a full-throttle Palmer. Superripe and delicious.

Score: 95/100James Suckling,, March 2006

Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Very light spearmint on the nose. Intriguing. Lots of flavour here. Thick and ambitious and zesty with a hint of orange peel and real density.
Drink 2016-2034

Score: 17+Jancis Robinson MW,, March 2017

Interesting that this advertises so much more alcohol than most of the left-bank wines. Bright crimson. Tightly knit, aromatic nose. Spicy and medicinal with lots of sweetness and seduction. Really playing the extreme card - to good effect. But this is a big wine, muscular even. Not classic Margaux by any means; a much bigger beast. Going for the jugular. 14%
Drink 2023-2045

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2015

Very dark crimson. Lighter, more obviously fragrant nose than most. Sweet and malty on the palate. Lots of acidity - not very integrated. Dry finish. Looks a little less opulent and complete than the others.

Score: 18.5Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2009

Very dark crimson. Lift and perfume. Very supple start, with sweetness and quite obvious Cabernet Sauvignon rigour (53 per cent) plus seven per cent Petit Verdot. A bit severe with sandy tannins on the finish. Just a little hole on the mid palate at the moment. Well crafted but I wouldn't have minded just a little more acidity. 14 per cent - without chaptalisation of course - a record for Palmer. Beautiful texture and winemaking; I'm just looking for a little more flavour at this point. Drink 2016-30

Score: 17.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2006

Good deep red-ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of blackberry, kirsch and chocolate mint, with a distinctly roasted, jammy character showing today. Compellingly sweet and explosive on the palate, with great fat to the flavors of plum, mulberry, coffee and mocha; like a cocktail of jammy fruits. This is downright massive, not to say decadent, for Palmer-at 14% alcohol the highest ever recorded here. A pure liquid confection.

Score: 94Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

Hugely rich, tobacco leaves and cassis on nose, wonderful clarity of flavour, silky texture with powerful fruit and firm tannins. Drink 2012-50

Score: 19Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

Rich, sumptuous, smells fully ripe, good purity. Packed with flavour. Good balance, ripe tannins, very generous fruit. Drink from 2016. Awarded 3 stars.

Score: 16.4Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008

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