1998 Palmer, Margaux
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A classic Margaux, the 1998 Palmer has put on weight and fleshed out during its elevage in barrel. It displays a dense purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of black fruits, licorice, melted asphalt, pain grille, and a touch of acacia flowers. Full-bodied, with brilliant definition, this blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a dollop of Petit Verdot, will age well for 20-30 years. It is one of the Medoc's, as well as the Margaux appellation's finest wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2028. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Dark berries, roasted nuts, mocha, espresso and bitter chocolate on the nose. Very concentrated and bright, with the flavors framed by firm tannic spine. Showing a bit more grip today than the '99, but the '99 may have more sweetness and density and possesses the stuffing to benefit from the elevage.
Mushroom, spice, earth and berry character on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins and meaty, berry and cèpe flavors. Tannins are still a little angular. Give it a little time.—'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2010.
Dark crimson. Polished. Animal scent with lovely round richness. Dry finish but super energetic. Lovely balance but you need background knowledge to appreciate it at this price! Clean but it finishes a little suddenly.