Chateau Palmer 2016 - Case of 6 Bottles (75cl)
The 2016 Palmer is cropped at 29 hectoliters per hectare between 3 and 18 October. Matured in 65% new oak (my sample coming from a used barrel), the bouquet is perhaps not quite as intense as some of its peers and takes time to click into fifth gear. Eventually it offers tightly wound blackberry, briary and mineral scents; it is very focused, but maybe less extrovert and more classic in style compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, quite firm in the mouth with slightly tarry black fruit, hints of black truffle developing towards the finish that feels masculine and linear. It has very impressive length, completing what is an intellectual Palmer, one that I suspect will really blossom in bottle. Drink 2024-2055.
Country/Region: France, Margaux
Grape Variety: Merlot 47%, Cabernet Sauvignon 47%, Petit Verdot 6%
Packaging: OWC - 6x750ml
Robert Parker: 95-97 /100