Palmer 2008

Product Details

Vintage
2008
Colour
Red
Appellation
Margaux

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12 x 0.75L BI Reserves IB £2,100.00 1 cs

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Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 11/05/2011

Medium-deep saturated color. Somewhat restrained nose at first, but it opens as it sits, revealing scents of ripe black fruits, smoke, licorice, leather, and forest floor. There’s a tannic bite on entry, but plenty of rich fruit behind it. This is a dense, intense, complex, and very youthful wine. We are impressed by the velvety texture and uplifting acidity. The fruit keeps getting more and more attractive as it sits. Long, consistent finish. Obviously needs cellaring, but we were certainly off on a strong note.

A stunning success for the vintage, and possibly the Margaux of the year, this wine, which achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, is a blend of 51% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Loads of barbecue smoke, licorice, incense, blackberry, new saddle leather and forest floor notes jump from the glass of this dense, purple-colored wine. Extraordinarily intense and full-bodied, with plenty of tannin, but not the formidable structure of the 2010, this is going to be one of the longest-lived wines of 2008. It is full, rich, layered, and should be reasonably approachable with 3-4 years of bottle age, and will also keep for 30+ years.
94 Pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 194, May 2011

The 2008 Palmer, which tips the scales at 13.5% natural alcohol (among the highest achieved at this property), is a blend of 51% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Petit Verdot. It is a massively rich wine with an inky/purple color, sensational density of fruit, velvety tannins, a glorious bouquet of black fruits, licorice, incense, and subtle barbecue smoke, a superb, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a fabulous texture and length. With several minutes of swirling, an enticing floral note emerges. The wine's glycerin and sweetness suggest it will be approachable 3-4 years after bottling, yet keep for three decades or more. It appears to be among the finest Palmers made this decade, rivaling both the 2005 and 2000.
95-97 Pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 182, Apr 2009
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Neal Martin
95

The 2008 Palmer has a very intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and iris scents, blossoming in the glass whilst retaining superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but quite rounded tannin that frame the pure blackberry and raspberry fruit. There are touches of white pepper and clove towards the finish, completing quite a superb Margaux from Thomas Duroux. Equal with Château Margaux? It might even be better... (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits annual 10-Year On tasting.) - vinous.com, February 2018