Chateau Palmer Historical Palmer XIX th Century (750ml)
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In the 19th century, it was a common practice of the time to “hermitage” wines Bordeaux. Bordeaux chateaux would add a little bit of wine from the Rhone – mainly Syrah from the Hermitage region – to strengthen the structure and power of the paler and lighter wines from Bordeaux. There are rare bottles dating back to this period, whose labels note the name of the cru and the word “hermitagé”. But once AOC regulations came into place in 1937, this practice ended.
In the 21st century, Château Palmer came up with the idea of bringing this forgotten tradition back to life. Years ago, during a visit to a renowned collector in California, Thomas Duroux, the director of the property, tasted a 19th century Bordeaux hermitagé. He was so moved by this rare experience that he decided to create a Palmer hermitagé, the Historical XIXth Century Wine. This is an homage to the storied past of winemaking. Today, the aim is no longer to simply boost a meagre “claret” but to give it muscle and create a unique wine, combining wine from Palmer and a small measure of a great wine from the northern Côtes du Rhône.
The 2019 Palmer is a truly special wine, but it is also going to need a number of years to be at its finest. Dense and plush, with explosive energy, the 2019 possesses tremendous richness in its dark fruit. As always, the blend features a high percentage of Merlot (43%) which works so well in complementing the savoriness of the Cabernet. Thomas Duroux and his team fashioned another absolutely compelling Palmer in 2019. – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
This wine has a similar proportion of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to the property’s 99-point 2019 Grand Vin with the addition of Syrah from the Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales, Rhone Valley. The blend is 47 % Merlot, 44 % Cabernet Sauvignon with 9 % Syrah.
Because of the regional and varietal blend, Historical XIXth Century Wine is not labeled as Bordeaux but simply Vin. For the same legal reasons, the name Chateau Palmer, the picture of their chateau does not appear on the front label and the wine is not vintage dated. The vintage can be determined however, by the lot number on the bottom of the bottle. For example, L20.19 reflects the 2019 vintage.
This is a rare wine that is not made every year.