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Château Palmer: 2004, 1995 & XIX

June 7, 2022

A mini-series of Château Palmer at Imperial Treasure Great World on 02 June 2022 that surprised with its uneven quality, proving that all the present hyped-up prices do not correlate with expectations.

Champagne Agrapart & Fils Terroirs Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs NV, courtesy of LF. Sharp crystalline lift with a sense of white smoke amid mild yeasty overtones, imbued with fine density of ripe yellow citrus that exert superb tension and sublime acidity. Highly exuberant throughout its length, finishing with a sweet teasing intensity. Excellent.

Champagne Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Itération #24, courtesy of LF. Luminous, exuding smooth yeasty tones with a suggestion of velvet. Laurent-Perrier’s high-toned signature is evident throughout, the fruit somewhat backward in favour of a bright dry supple intensity, structured with tight precision. Very classy.

2017 Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Chassagne-Montrachet, courtesy of LF. This wine opens with cool icing and a hint of nutmeg, favouring a minerally density structured with chiseled definition. Took its time to unfold with lovely sleek intensity, more rounded and forward with layered white tones as it gelled together with superb harmony. This is classic Chassagne in every way.

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Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend L20.06, courtesy of Sir Bob. A blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot and 10% syrah. Deep purplish core, proffering a nose of dark currants sprinkled with occasional red fruit tinged with cordite. Medium-bodied. Soft, fleshy and seamlessly integrated but it lacks real weight and depth. More lifted over time with a gentle floral fragrance laced with a medicinal trace from the syrah component though it remained somewhat short and nondescript.

1995 Château Palmer, courtesy of Vic. Deep purplish crimson, opening with a restrained glow of mature claret. Medium-bodied. Highly integral and balanced, still reasonably fresh with a relaxed feminine charm but it doesn’t quite possess the wealth of detail and delicate tension of a great Palmer, a tad short at the finish.

2004 Château Palmer. Deep purplish core. Opens with that irresistible glow of a maturing claret, proffering an alluring lift of delicious currants, raspberries and blackberries. Medium-full. Softly contoured and fleshy, warmly balanced with a supple expanse of ripe succulent fruit and sublime acidity that impart exciting mouthfeel. Quite brilliant at this stage, perhaps still yet to peak.

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