Since 1998, the Château has been producing also a second label, not a second wine, Alter Ego de Palmer, selected from the same quality terroirs, but employing different wine-making techniques and different proportions of grapes, in order to produce an earlier-drinking wine. Some 40% of the estate’s production, is now sold as Alter Ego de Palmer.
Colour: Medium to deep garnet-purple color
Aroma: Gorgeous nose of ripe plums, cassis and crushed cherries with touches of incense, lavender and chocolate box
Palate: Medium-bodied, very finely crafted and vivacious in the mouth, it finishes with great elegance and finesse.
Grape Varieties: 52% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot
Awards: 96pts – James Suckling; 92pts – Wine Spectator; 91pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Château Palmer
In the early 1800s, Marie Brunte de Ferriere, better known as Madame de Gascq, was trying to sell Château de Gascq. When she met Charles Palmer, she told him in no uncertain terms that the wine they produce at Château de Gascq is as good as the wine of Château Lafite! It was not long after their initial meeting that he purchased the famous Margaux estate and like many Bordeaux chateaux owners of their time, he renamed it after himself, calling it Château Palmer. In 1843, Charles Palmer sold Château Palmer to the Pereire family. In 1938, The Pereire family sold Château Palmer to a consortium of four families that included some of the wealthiest Bordeaux negociants. The two majority shareholders of Château Palmer today remain the same two families, both of which are well known and respected Bordeaux wine negociants, Mahler Besse and Sichel.
Château Palmer is a winery in the Margaux appellation d’origine contrôlée of the Bordeaux region of France. The wine produced here was classified as one of fourteen Troisièmes Crus (Third Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.