Today we have something very exciting for you, the critically acclaimed Chateau Palmer 2016 offered at below release price.
100 Points Jeb Dunnuck “The finest vintage I’ve ever tasted from this estate”
100 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous “One of the most brilliant wines of the 2016 vintage”
100 Points Rodger Voss, Wine Enthusiast “Powerful tannins and hugely rich fruit balance together in this superb wine”
98+ Points Lisa Potter Brown, The Wine Advocate “This is so wonderfully Palmer”
98 Points Neal Martin, Vinous “This is another classy, persistent Margaux with a long future ahead”
98 Points Jane Anson, Decanter “A wine that’s going to age far into the future”
98 Points James Suckling “This is a star of the vintage”
Often considered the most popular third growth and for good reason, Chateau Palmer has arguably some of the best terroir on the left bank. Situated in the appellation of Margaux, the Chateau neighbours first growth Chateau Margaux. Since 2004 Thomas Duroux, former winemaker at Ornellaia, has been at the helm of this historic estate where he has undertaken major renovations including a complete modernisation of the grape reception area, the vat rooms and barrel cellar. In the vineyards, the technical team began experimenting with biodynamic farming and today Palmer is among the leading biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux. All of which have seen a huge leap in quality for Chateau Palmer in recent years.
As can be seen from the table below, 2016 is a strong contender for the top scoring Chateau Palmer vintage, yet it is currently looking undervalued when compared to similarly scored vintages:
With the exchange rate working in our favour, we are able to offer this remarkable wine below original release price (was £1440/6) so there is no better time than now to stock up on this future legend. With half a century of drinking pleasure ahead of it, this is sure to be a popular choice for any cellar. Please note, stock is very limited at this price and therefore offered subject to remaining unsold.
Chateau Palmer 2016 (6x75cl)
£1395 per case 6 IB
Drinking Window: 2023 – 2073
ETA Spring 2022
100 points | Jeb Dunnuck
The finest vintage I’ve ever tasted from this estate, surpassing the 2009 and 2010, the 2016 Château Palmer is a blend of 47% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Petit Verdot, all of which was brought up in 65% new French oak. This magical effort reveals a saturated purple color as well as a huge nose of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, and spring flowers, and it develops beautifully with time in the glass. Full-bodied, deep, incredibly concentrated and powerful, it nevertheless just glides over the palate with flawless purity and balance, present, ripe tannins, and a finish that just won’t quit. This is Bordeaux at its most regal and classic. It will be drinkable with just 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for half a century.
100 points | Vinous
Technical Director Thomas Duroux and his team made one of the most brilliant wines of the 2016 vintage. Palmer is simply exceptional. Rich and dramatically sweeping in the glass, the 2016 is breathtaking. All the elements simply fall into place in a wine of mesmerizing beauty. The counterpoint of dark, sumptuous fruit and floral notes makes for an utterly compelling Palmer that will take its place among the estate’s finest vintages. Dark cherry, lavender, spice and mocha are some of the many notes that build into a deep, substantial finish that is truly unforgettable. In a word: magnificent! (AG)
100 points | Wine Enthusiast
Powerful tannins and hugely rich fruit balance together in this superb wine. The velvet texture belies the power behind the concentrated, ripe black-fruit flavor, with vibrant acidity giving ample lift. The wine’s structure will ensure aging for many years. Drink from 2024. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
98+ points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2016 Palmer is a blend of 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. Opaque garnet-purple colored, it slowly glides out of the glass with compelling notes of blueberry compote, warm cassis and kirsch with emerging hints of violets, cigar box, black tea, sandalwood and Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, wonderfully rich, concentrated and packed with latent energy, the palate literally grows in the mouth, revealing layer upon layer of black, blue and red fruits and tons of floral sparks, framed by super ripe, incredibly fine-grained tannins and finishing with epic length. It’s a wine that makes you wanna drape yourself languidly over a chaise lounge, glass of Palmer in hand, sighing with deep satisfaction, “This is so wonderfully Palmer.” (LPB)
98 points | James Suckling
Such attractive fruit and alluring ripeness that it draws you in from the get-go. The discreet power here is delivered with a very astute touch. Assorted dark-berry aromas, as well as red plums, abound on the nose. The richness and depth in the mouth is stunning. The tannins are super polished and layered and they draw pristine dark fruit flavors deep into the finish in effortless mode. This is a star of the vintage. A blend of 47 per cent merlot, 47 per cent cabernet sauvignon and six per cent petit verdot. Try from 2024.
98 points | Decanter
As is always the case with Palmer, the richness, depth and silkiness is just so impressive. Sophisticated and well constructed, with a vertical lift-off, there’s a creamy richness on the palate which supports pencil-lead, liquorice, damson, black cherry and slate. I love the smoky cocoa bean finish. Like the Alter Ego, it’s a different style this year but no less impressive, displaying width, heft and incredible persistency. It’s a wine that’s going to age far into the future and is extremely easy to recommend. The highest ever proportion of grand vin was produced in 2016. (JA)
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