The 2022 Chateau Palmer Margaux is a captivating Bordeaux wine that exudes grace, finesse, and complexity. This red wine blend possesses a brilliant, deep garnet color that reflects its depth and intensity. The bouquet is enchanting, offering a harmonious fusion of red and black fruits, such as ripe blackberries, cherries, and plums, along with floral hints of violets and rose petals. On the palate, it showcases impeccable balance and refinement, with silky tannins and a vibrant acidity. Flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, tobacco, and exotic spices dance on the tongue, leading to a long, lingering finish. This wine showcases the essence of Margaux, promising an exquisite drinking experience for years to come.
So much class in the nose with a sophisticated kaleidoscope of dark fruit such as blackcurrants, and spices such as salt and pepper, as well as cloves and nutmeg. Full-bodied. Compacted and dense yet weightless. It opens beautifully. The tannins go on and on with wonderful presence. Salty undertones.
The 2022 Château Palmer is utterly brilliant, so much so that I questioned in my notes if this would challenge the 2018. A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, from tiny yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, its mammoth-sized personality offers layers of blue and black fruits, notes of melted chocolate, crushed stone, and spring flowers, building, velvety tannins, and a great, great finish. While many estates commented that they extracted less in the vintage, Palmer went in a different direction and extracted more during the vinifications to provide a solid backbone to match the concentration and power of the vintage. It appears to have worked brilliantly, and hats off to Thomas Duroux for having the confidence to go his own path. He has produced a truly Grand Vin in 2022. The alcohol here is a normal 14.4%, and the pH is a healthy 3.79.