Chateau Palmer Margaux 1997


SKU 08186


Early budding took place at the end of March. This was followed by a cool, damp spring, which resulted in an extended flowering period accompanied by coulure and millerandage. The veraison was slow and patchy due to warm, humid conditions in August, which also led to the constant threat from cryptogamic diseases throughout the summer. As the vintage approached, there were differing levels of ripeness in the vineyard and the selection and sorting of grapes throughout the harvest was crucial.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Margaux
Brand Chateau Palmer
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorClassy wine. Lovely berry, plum and floral character. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, fruity finish. Love to drink this stuff.

James Suckling, January 31, 2000
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateA seductive style of Palmer, the 1997 will have many admirers (assuming they can afford it). It boasts a dark ruby/plum/purple color in addition to a seductive bouquet of sweet berry fruit, and an elegant, medium-bodied, fruit-driven, easy-going, fleshy personality. While there is little weight and density, the wine's harmony is excellent. Drink it over the next 8-9 years.

Robert Parker, April 2000