This historic Margaux Chateau was originally part of the d’Issan estate until it was sold in the late 16th Century to the Gascq family. It was called Chateau Gascq and was a favourite at the court of Louis XV. Following the Battle of Toulouse in 1814, British General Charles Palmer decided to stay in France and subsequently bought the estate and named it Chateau Palmer. He gradually bought additional surrounding land and developed the Chateau into one of the finest producers in Margaux. Unfortunately the General ran into financial difficulty in 1842 and after a poor vintage in 1843 was forced to sell the estate at a reduced rate. The Chateau then passed through several hands and, like many other properties in the Medoc, fell on hard times due to phylloxera, economic depression and the two World Wars. In 1938 the estate was sold to the negociants Sichel, Ginestet, Miailhe and Mähler-Besse. These four famous Bordeaux families began to rebuild Chateau Palmer and restore it to its former glory. Sichel and Mähler-Besse remain owners of the estate to this day.

In the 1855 Bordeaux classiciation Chateau Margaux was ranked as a third growth estate. In spite of this, Palmer regularly surpasses the price and quality of many Second Growths and is often considered by critics to be amongst the best produced wines anywhere in Bordeaux. The estate covers 55 hectares and is densely planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Unusually for the Medoc, Chateau Palmer tends to use equal proportions of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in their blend. This higher proportion of Merlot grapes in the blend makes it more similar to the wines of Pomerol. Chateau Palmer vinifies each plot separately in order to give the winemakers greater control when it comes to blending. The Grand Vin ages for roughly 21 months in 60% new oak barrels. The wine is renowned for its beauty, perfume and concentration and has a velvety smoothness with a high concentration of berry fruits and a floral nose of spring flowers. The estate created their Alter Ego de Palmer cuvee in 1998, not as a second wine but rather a stylistically different wine to their Grand Vin. Around 12,000 cases of Chateau Palmer is produced, compared with 7,500 of the Alter Ego.

Available Wines

2021 Chateau Palmer 3eme Cru Classe, Margaux 6x75cl

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£1,422/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur

2022 Chateau Palmer 3eme Cru Classe, Margaux 3x75cl

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£894/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2025