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Date Printed: 6/26/2017
Chateau Palmer  2003
Chateau Palmer 2003
(search item no. 89838)
collectible wine
older vintages

James Suckling rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 6/26/2017: $264.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2016 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2016 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2016 Decanter rating: 98 points
2016 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
2016 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2015 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2015 Wine Enthusiast rating: 99 points
2015 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2015 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2015 Decanter rating: 96 points
2014 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2014 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2014 Decanter rating: 95 points
2014 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2014 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2014 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2005 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 James Suckling rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1970 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot

Palmer's terroir comes through in a truly outstanding way in this unusual vintage. The wine is freshand well-balanced with good aromatic complexity. The bouquet reveals hints of plum, vanilla,pepper, cinnamon, chocolate, mocha, and coffee. All these aromas burst forth as flavors on thepalate, without ever compromising Château Palmer's trademark elegance and balance. This wine ischarming right from the start, but will improve with further ageing.

Best enjoyed: 2008 – 2020+

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About Chateau Palmer:

A gentleman, officer, and aide-de-camp of the Prince of Wales, Charles Palmer was famous at the English court as a ladies man and for his military victories. He fell under the spell of Bordeaux as well as the charms of Marie de Gascq, a beautiful widow who convinced him to buy her estate.

Charles Palmer devoted a great deal of time, energy, and money to developing his property. The Major General lived mainly in England, and so the estate was managed by his authorized representative, Mr Grey, who helped to increase the wine's reputation among wealthy connoisseurs.

In June 1853, the brothers Isaac and Emile Péreire, famous bankers and rivals of the Rothschilds, bought Palmer and began investing in the estate immediately. However, there was not enough time to bring Château Palmer up to first growth status in time for the famous 1855 classification. It was thus ranked a Third Growth, although it is widely recognized as among the greatest wines of Bordeaux.

Several families of Bordeaux, English, and Dutch extraction all involved in the wine trade, united to buy Palmer in 1938 and have worked hard to give the estate its present reputation. These families have always given priority to quality, despite the financial risk this entailed. They have unfailingly applied the principles that have made the great wines of Bordeaux so successful: authenticity, quality, and permanence.