Ch. Palmer (0.75 L)
NM: Tasted at Handfordí»s 21st anniversary tasting. Served from magnum, the Palmer 1989 is the best release from the Margaux estate. Like many 1989s, the nose is developing more tertiary element with age, perhaps an autumnal bouquet with dried leaves, woodland and undergrowth underlying the ripe black fruits. With continued aeration there is just a touch of brine. The palate is tannic on the entry with very good density, even more so than the Mouton í»89 poured alongside, with a smoked meat note appearing right on the persistency, grippy finish. This is a multi-faceted Palmer that continues to offer immense pleasure and yes, I do think it out-Class¿ªs Chateau Margaux. Drink now-2030. Tasted October 2010.
WA / RP: 96