2013 Palmer, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
***Cellar Selection*** Very well balanced, this is already a beautiful wine that could almost be drunk now. Smooth tannins and oak are layered with red and black-currant fruits that are perfumed and fresh. The structure is all there, just light and fragrant. Drink now, although the wine will fill out from 2022. (RV)
Extremely perfumed and floral with hints of currants. Full body, firm and silky. Pretty fruit and finish. Bright and firm too. Milk chocolate on the finish. Drink in 2018 but already joyful.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 49% Merlot and 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Palmer 2013 certainly has more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the Alter Ego. A little more opulent, there is a sense of plushness typical of Palmer with oodles of black cherries, cassis and blueberries - hints of dried violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. The acidity is nicely judged with a fine masculine, swarthy finish that shows more length than the Alter Ego. This is a good effort from the Palmer team - what you might call a "swish" Margaux in the making. (NM)
Dark red cherry, plum, cloves and menthol wrap around the palate in the 2013 Palmer, a wine that impresses for its richness and resonance, within the context of the year, of course. The 2013 is a very pretty Palmer that should drink well early. Violets, flowers and cassis notes linger on the gentle, perfumed finish. The blend is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot. (AG)
Shows good energy, with a brambly undertow beneath the dark plum, cassis and blackberry compote flavors. The finish is lined with juniper and tobacco notes, all backed by good grip. More vivacious yet less refined than the 2013 Margaux, yet still a really nice effort. Best from 2018 through 2025. 3,800 cases made. (JM)