2015 Paloumey, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1254331 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 From a grand estate, whose owners also have vines in Margaux and Moulis, this wine is well proportioned and dense. Rich tannins and concentration are just part of what will become a generous, full wine. With great black-currant fruit and acidity to match, this structured wine will need to age. Drink from 2024. (RV)  (4/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 Violets and cassis married with rich, dark berries and hints of iodine, all leading to a palate that has smooth, layered tannins in pastry-like mode. Rich plums to close. Drink or hold.  (2/2018)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Paloumey is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. It has a perfumed, quite floral nose with rose petals infusing the red berry fruit, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe red berry fruit, a gentle grip in the mouth, fresh and vibrant with a dash of spice on the muscular finish. It will mellow during élevage and turn into a thoroughly enjoyable Haut-Médoc. (NM)  (4/2016)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 From the southern part of the Médoc (which is the sweet spot in 2015), the 2015 Château Paloumey offers a kiss of oak in its ripe red and black fruits, lead pencil shavings, cedar and saddle leather aromas and flavors. This ripe, medium-bodied 2015 has beautiful fruit, a balanced texture, light tannin, and a great finish, and it’s unquestionably one of the many hidden gems in the vintage. It has the class and depth to keep for at least 7-8 years.  (11/2017)


 The 2015 Paloumey is one of the better Haut-Médocs I tasted. Dark cherry, plum, tobacco and blood orange flesh out in this attractive, succulent red. The creamy, inviting finish adds to the wine's up-front appeal. (AG)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

Always a great wine here. Their best since 2009?

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2016 | Send Email
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Another fav for K&L and me especially. From a property quite near our Golf du Medoc Bordeaux home, this property was taken over in the mid-2000s and completely renovated. Their 2009 was stunning and we sold over 2,000 bottles, and we are still selling it for $20. This beauty is $15-a steal for your cellar.
Drink from 2018 to 2030

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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.


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