Palmer 2013


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Tasting Notes

The use of new oak was also cut back in order to emphasize the fruit aspects of the wine. Consequently, the 2013 Palmer is an easygoing, fruit-forward, fresh, pure wine with no vegetal characteristics or astringent tannins. This opaque purple-colored, medium-bodied, plush 2013 preserves some of its Margaux typicity even in this tough vintage. Drink it over the next decade.

Palmer's administrator, Thomas Duroux, realized that 2013 was going to be a year requiring huge amounts of labor and a draconian-like selection. Only 3,800 cases of 2013 Palmer were produced from a blend of 49% Merlot and 51% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Score: 87/88Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

A blend of 49% Merlot and 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Palmer 2013 certainly has more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the Alter Ego. A little more opulent, there is a sense of plushness typical of Palmer with oodles of black cherries, cassis and blueberries - hints of dried violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. The acidity is nicely judged with a fine masculine, swarthy finish that shows more length than the Alter Ego. This is a good effort from the Palmer team - what you might call a "swish" Margaux in the making. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, April 2014

This is very solid for the vintage with blackberry, dark chocolate and black currants. Full body, with firm and chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Muscular wine for the vintage. 51% cabernet sauvignon and 49% merlot. 3,800 cases of this wine compared to 9,000 in a normal year.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, April 2014

Dark red cherry, plum, cloves and menthol wrap around the palate in the 2013 Palmer, a wine that impresses for its richness and resonance, within the context of the year, of course. The 2013 is a very pretty Palmer that should drink well early. Violets, flowers and cassis notes linger on the gentle, perfumed finish. The blend is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot.

Score: 90/92Antonio Galloni,, April 2014

Traditionally the finest wine of the Médoc after the 1st growths, Palmer slipped a bit in the 1980's but has returned to top form recently, rejoining the super-second mini-league alongside Lascases, Cos d'Estournel, Ducru, Pichon Lalande, etc. The talented wine-maker is Thomas Duroux who always produces a pure, smooth and elegant wine that is a wonderful example of the appellation. There won't be much Palmer 2013 as the yield was a meagre 25 hl/ha and only 1/3 of the crop will go into the grand vin. 49% Merlot, 51% Cabernet Sauvignon. All the Petit Verdot has gone into Alter Ego, the second wine. Medium-deep ruby in appearance with a nose of sweet black cherry and kirsch. The palate is medium weight with fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins. There is a core of blackcurrant and black cherry with notes of cedar and sweet spice.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, April 2014

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