Palmer 1999


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Tasting Notes

Score: 95Robert 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.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

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

Score: 88/90James 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.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, June 2000

Score: 92/94Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000

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