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Tasting 1999 Chateau Palmer at MacArthur Beverages


This week I stopped by MacArthur Beverages to pick up more wine to taste.  Mark called me to the back of the store where he promptly poured me a glass of 1999 Chateau Palmer.  How could I refuse such a surprise?  The Wine Spectator Grand Tour is stopping by Washington, DC so Jean-louis Carbonnier is in town.  Jean-Louis is the North American Manager for Chateau Palmer and he had opened the 1999 with Mark.  Though the bottle had just been opened the nose developed quite rapidly over the first fifteen minutes.  The nose remained more mature than the palate becoming more expressive and forward with time.  Upon first tasting, the mineral vein in the mouth mixed with black fruits in such an enjoyably determined manner that it caused me to pause.  With air it calmed down a bit but the flavors in the mouth remained youthful and focused.  I very much enjoyed the initial trajectory of this wine.  Please enjoy my mini tasting note below.

1999 Chateau Palmer, Margaux –
This wine is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon,  46% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot.  The slightly mature nose had a tight core with lifted aromas of leather it.  The nose rapidly opened up with   The mouth was quite different with a tighter and young core of black and red fruit, a very strong racy mineral vein throughout, and good power.  In the finish the flavors turn towards redder fruit with softer, well-integrated tannins.  The good balance between fruit, acidity, and tannins made this young wine quite easy to drink.  A pleasure to smell now but it should be cellared for maturity.   ***(*) Now-2025.

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