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1991 Palmer, Margaux

SKU #1027651 Decanter

Outer quote mark Overall, I very much liked the nose of this wine, which seemed at first to show just a hint of roasted bell pepper. The April frosts of this vintage challenged many vintners but, as Duroux explained, Palmer's terroir handled that challenge very well. Small quantities of wine, but very good. It seemed to improve in the glass and displayed a real smoothness on the palate. Surprisingly good. Three stars going on four. Inner quote mark (1/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/1994)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This estate is always very good in a mediocre vintage. Lovely character of vanilla, cherry and berry, firm tannins and a long, silky finish. (JS) Inner quote mark (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 Wine Buyer) Praise from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This is a very good for a 1991. Quite a rich cherry-flavoured nose. Refreshing. Sweet - almost fleshy palate with a cherry-flavoured finish. Palmer did well in this vintage. Tasted April 2001."


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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.
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