Best Price in the World: Chateau Palmer 1985, "clearly a favourite" Neal Martin

Though Château Palmer is ranked as a third growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, it is the most Château of the Third Growth and has even been consistently considered to be one of the "Super Seconds" with their quality almost First Growth, and often praised to be even better than Château Margaux. Located in the centre of the Margaux appellation, they are one of the biggest estates in the region and have produced many iconic vintages such as 1961, 1966, 1983 and 1989. They usually incorporate a smaller proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon and a larger proportion of Merlot to energize the backbone with purity and finesse. Their wines can usually be drunk young but will also reward long cellaring.


We have purchased a pristine case of Chateau Palmer 1985 last week and able to offer at an excellent price at only HK$2,380 per bottle, having considered the provenance and rarity of the wine, this is a  

sensational buy from one of the all-time great Bordeaux:


Chateau Palmer, Margaux 1985

HK$2,380 per bottle, 12 bottles available (^Best Price in the World)


17.5pts Jancis Robinson

Deep brick-rimmed garnet. Bright and healthy. Plenty of leather and old furniture and undergrowth but still has a fine floral note - a violet fragrance – as well as the headiness of dark fruit in alcohol. An attractive note of dusty stones. Light lavender. Very perfumed. Touch of mint and cigar box and liquorice. Complex and fresh. On the palate, mouthwatering freshness, completely dissolved tannins and scented on the mid palate. Fine and long and really mouthwatering, Opens up to more capsicum on the nose and tobacco. Lots more liquorice on the finish. Going back at the end of the evening: meaty and gamey with aromas of truffles but in no way falling apart. Silky and fresh and lots of liquorice.


90pts Neal Martin

Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1985 Château Palmer was clearly a favourite amongst the participants in the tasting, although here I actually concur with Robert Parker - it's a pleasant Margaux, but not the most complex wine of the vintage. You get the feeling that it doesn't fire on all cylinders. It has an appealing bacon fact and savory bouquet - a little smudged, but full of charm. The palate is fleshy on the entry, perhaps here with a touch of brettanomyces, the acidity nicely judged with expressive Merlot defining the finish. It does not "take off" as the greatest 1985s are wont to do, yet you would contentedly polish off a bottle, seduced by its easy-going nature. Drink through 2028.


Subject to final confirmation. ETA 4-6 weeks.


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