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Palmer 1999

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux1999PalmerIM112,800.00bt93 NM1466.6666666666793.0093.00Palmer610
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Tasting Notes

The 1999 Palmer has long been one of my favorite wines from the Left Bank in this vintage. Now at 20 years of age, it has a sumptuous bouquet that you would attribute to a warmer growing season than 1999: mulberry, fresh dates and sloes, all beautifully defined, and little different from how this wine showed a couple of years ago. The medium-bodied palate is well-balanced, with fine tannin and plenty of tarry black fruit. This bottle had not been decanted, and I feel it seems more compact than it would after a couple of hours’ aeration. But there is much freshness and vigor here, along with firm grip and a classic tarry finish. Excellent. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the estate. Drink 2019-2039.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, September 2019
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The 1999 is the greatest Palmer made since 1961, 1966, 1970, 1983, and 1989. It is one of the superstars of the vintage. The wine is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. It boasts a staggering bouquet of violets and other spring flowers intermixed with licorice, black currants, and subtle wood. Only 50% of the production made it into the grand vin. This is a multidimensional, compelling effort with both power and elegance, it offers sweet tannin along with flavors that caress the palate, and a 45-second finish. This is terrific stuff! Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000
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licorice, berry and mineral character in this red. Full bodied, with super, well integrated tannins and a long finish. Only now giving a fraction of what it has to offer. A harmonious palmer. Best after 2005. 91 points

James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002
James Suckling, Wine Spectator

A very impressive Palmer. 46% Merlot this year. Deep colour, rich, spicy nose with lots of creamy fruit on the palate. Very velvety. Philippe Delfaut reveals that it is the first unchaptalised vintage since the legendary 1961.

Farr Vintners, June 2000
Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000
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