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- Region: Red Bordeaux
- Vintage: 1995
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This is one of the best Palmer’s of the decade. The nose is generous with raspberry, strawberry and that touch of lemongrass noted on previous occasions. The palate is full-bodied and precocious, fleshy, lots of stuffing and rounded in texture. Good depth with a savoury second half, nice grippy tannins with a raspberry and cooked meats towards the finish. On this showing the wine could actually benefit from further bottle ageing, but this remains a “solid” long-term Palmer. Impressive, but pleasure will come later. Drink 2010-2020+ Tasted March 2008.
Nov 2008 Neal Martin 95 Drink 2008 - 2025 $192-$375
This Palmer has a fresh, lively nose with blackberry, freshly rolled tobacco and gravel. Very good definition. The palate is medium-bodied, very fresh with fine tannins. Like other 1995s it is has more masculinity than it showed in its youth, but has great delineation and poise with cedar and a touch of graphite towards the slightly foursquare (for Palmer) finish. Drink now-2025. Tasted June 2008.
Jan 2000 Neal Martin 94-96 Drink N/A $192-$375
Did nothing for me the first time I tasted this but a far superior bottle in February 2004: a similar colour to the 1996. Nose is more open and has evolved with some lovely morello cherry, savory and lemongrass notes. The palate is complex, very smooth with pain grille and roasted herbs. I under-estimated this wine last time and it has developed far better than expected. Excellent. Then a blind bottle in April 2005. A muted nose, perhaps a bit "fluffy" and lacking definition. But the palate is very concentrated, tannic with ripe liquorice tinged fruit. Good acidity though still quite austere and masculine. Real depth and persistency here. Superb.