Château Palmer 2005
“Palmer can be as profound as many first growths, and in vintages such as … 1995, 2001, 2004 and 2005, it can be better than many of them.
“The style of Palmer is one of sensational fragrance and bouquet, so much so that great vintages can be identified in blind tastings by their smell alone. The wine’s texture is rich, often supple and lush, and the flavour is always deeply fruity and concentrated. Recent vintages have been formidable efforts…”
— Robert Parker
No one in France can remember drought conditions of such magnitude over such a long period (57% less rainfall than usual), although temperatures were never as high as during the 2003 heatwave.
We carefully removed all the suckers – twice – as well as the side shoots in order to help the vines cope with reduced water consumption. This led to perfectly well-nourished grapes. After excellent flowering in early June, summer was excessively dry. Just like many other great vintages, this called a halt to premature growth. Drought conditions had two major effects on the fruit: small berries, meaning very low yields, but gradual concentration of flavour compounds in the grapes — very promising in terms of quality.
The grapes slowly reached phenolic maturity after a few showers in early September. Picking began on 22 September in plots of Merlot. The grapes were impressively ripe and healthy.
Château Palmer 2005
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (98)
The 2005 Château Palmer is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, liquorice and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. It is medium- to full-bodied, surprisingly opulent (it has a big percentage of Merlot), long, multi-dimensional and textured. This wonderfully pure, stunning wine once again performs as a first growth.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Age of Vines||35 years old|
|Vinification||28-30 days' fermentation in cone-shaped stainless-steel tanks.|
|Elevage||20-22 months' ageing in oak barrels (45% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Gunzian gravel, sand and clay underlay|