A Racy Classified Third Growth with Class
Grape harvest began at Chateau Palmer on October 3rd, one of the latest in the property's history. The volume is modest, but the aromatic intensity of the grapes is impressive. The aromas have a hint of perfectly ripe tannins. The 2016 Chateau Palmer is a blend of 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. Harvest took place on October 3rd-October 18th.
Chateau Palmer 2016 has a very deep, ink-like color. The nose is rich and fragrant with a radiant aromatic freshness of concentrated black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry and crushed raspberries). The freshness of the fruit is mixed with an olfactory sensation that focuses on depth and subtlety. The mouth is precise with a crisp acidic attack. The palate tickles the mouth with racy tannins that leave a creamy sensation. The weight of the wine is impressive. Palmer 2016 is incredibly drinkable at this stage and well-balanced. A Palmer full of class.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Palmer is a blend of 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot 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.