Chateau Palmer 2006: a Margaux with extremely smooth tannins
Chateau Palmer is a 3rd Classified Growth produced in the Margaux appellation. The 66-hectare vineyard grows on gravel ridges. Aging is done in oak barrels between 18 to 21 months on average. The Chateau Palmer 2006 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot.
The 2006 vintage at Chateau Palmer was noted for its complex weather conditions that consisted of both drought and rain. However, the truly exceptional terroir provided good conditions for the estate to fully express its style.
At tasting, the Chateau Palmer 2006 presents a bright red color with slightly evolved garnet reflections. The nose reveals fragrances of red fruit (currant) before offering spicy, oaky and herbal notes. On the palate, the tannins are extremely smooth. This distinguished Chateau Palmer 2006 is perfectly ready to be enjoyed now or it can be cellared until 2040.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Palmer was wonderful out of barrel ten years ago and now in bottle, it fulfills its promise with a stunning, precise bouquet of maraschino, iodine, cassis and tobacco scents that seem a few years younger than its Margaux peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that cloak its sweet core of cassis and blackcurrant fruit. However, what is so striking is the fineness of the tannin and just how well that oak is subsumed into the fabric of the wine. This is a long-term proposition: a great Margaux from Thomas Duroux. Tasted January 2016.