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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Chateau Palmer  2004
Chateau Palmer 2004
(search item no. 111578)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $289.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 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
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
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:

Purple-ruby color of very high intensity. Expressive nose of very ripe dark berries, bracken, cinnamon, wood, peony, violet, smoke, and fresh mint. Perfectly ripe fruitiness, full, tender tannins and lots of freshness in the mouth. Elegance is the prevailing note here with an ideal expression of the terroir. The finish is already long and gorgeous.

Perfect balance is in view but still requires a little time to emerge and to let the pure drinking pleasure take hold. Peak: 2010-2025

Blend: 47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot

My Notes:

Additional wines from Chateau Palmer:

  • 2010 (search item no. 123055)
  • 2011 (search item no. 129183)

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.