Initially founded as Chateau de Gascq in 1748 in the Margaux appellation, the estate was sold to an Englishman, Major General Charles Palmer. While through hard work expanding the property and making its wines fashionable in London, Palmer was forced to sell the estate in 1844 to cover his debts. In 1853, the estate came into the hands of two brothers Isaac and Emile Pereire who beautified the estate. The brother’s descendants maintained the estate until the economic crisis in 1930. Four experienced Bordeaux families, Sichel, Mähler-Besse, Ginestet, and Miailhe, formed a syndicate to buy Chateau Palmer and restore it to excellence.
Vines at Chateau Palmer are planted to 47% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% of Petit Verdot.
Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1985 Château Palmer was clearly a favourite amongst the participants in the tasting, although here I actually concur with Robert Parker - it's a pleasant Margaux, but not the most complex wine of the vintage. You get the feeling that it doesn't fire on all cylinders. It has an appealing bacon fact and savory bouquet - a little smudged, but full of charm. The palate is fleshy on the entry, perhaps here with a touch of brettanomyces, the acidity nicely judged with expressive Merlot defining the finish. It does not "take off" as the greatest 1985s are wont to do, yet you would contentedly polish off a bottle, seduced by its easy-going nature.
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