Chateau Palmer 2003
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+
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
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 Chateau 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.