Since 1945, only the 1965 vintage wasn’t up to the quality of the vintages ending in 5. So Palmer team was “statistically” expecting an excellent harvest in 2015. And she haven’t been disappointed... The Margaux appellation enjoyed especially favourable weather conditions throughout September. The relatively high alcoholic content of the 2015 Palmer is balanced out by a dense tannic structure without any rustic notes, thanks to perfect phenolic maturity of the pips and skins. At this time, this outstanding balance leads Palmer to believe that 2015 will be in line with recent great vintages, such as 2010, 2009 and 2005. A very deep and serious wine !
Bottled relatively late in mid-September 2017, the 2015 Palmer is a blend of 44% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with a small portion of Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it offers vibrant red currants, black cherries, wild blueberries, earth and mineral characteristics to begin, with slowly unfurling floral notes of violets and dried roses plus compelling baker's chocolate and fragrant earth layers. Medium to full-bodied, generously fruited and possessing firm yet very, very fine-grained, mind-blowingly ripe tannins, the multifaceted palate features something of a skip in its step in terms of freshness, while it goes beguilingly earthy on the finish with some mineral hints. Very classy, elegant and sophisticated, this vintage is downright regal in its juxtaposition between poise and audaciousness. Think 2005 Palmer with a tick more fruit intensity, perfume and passion.