1991 Palmer, Margaux

SKU #1027651 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Palmer's 1991 is a noteworthy effort. The deep ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of ripe black fruits and new oak. There is excellent definition, a sweet, creamy, medium to full-bodied texture, noticeable fatness, and a lush, concentrated, rich finish. This seductive, hedonistic 1991 should drink well for 7-10 years.  (2/ 1994)

Wine Spectator

 This estate is always very good in a mediocre vintage. Lovely character of vanilla, cherry and berry, firm tannins and a long, silky finish.  (3/ 1994)

K&L Notes

Absolute perfection with a crown roast rack of pork. This tremendous wine shows all sweet fruit with no hard edges, and the silky finishes goes on for 1.5 minutes! 1991 was an off year? Apparently, not along the river! *1/27/09 -update* "Perfect wine!" (Clyde Beffa Jr, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/27/2009  | Send Email
Sweeping declarations about the quality of a given vintage should always be taken with a grain of salt. The 1991 vintage was written off by the press and given damning reviews, because of terrible frost, yet the properties along the river Gironde were almost untouched, and many made great wines. The Palmer is one of those great wines. I love the appellation of Margaux, but often find that "big" vintages, like 1989, 1990, 2000 & 2003, obscure much of what makes the wine special- the excellent, almost Burgundy like perfume. Clyde, Alex B, Alex P and I enjoyed this bottle with a group of Bordelaise at One Market restaurant in SF after tasting the 2006 vintage with the UGC. Palmer steals the show for aromatics, and the 1991 is a tremendous example; generous and full of bouquet. The texture is also textbook; medium to full, with a mid palate so well balanced as to make it dangerously easy to drink! It was a spectacular partner to my medium rare New York steak and fit for your next special occasion.
Drink from 2009

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.