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A balance between sky and sun

Château Palmer 2012 is ready to arise from its reserve: a harmonious and spellbinding vintage, which wins you over instantly.

Château Palmer extends an invitation to all great wine lovers for the re-release of the 2012 vintage. After ten years of ageing in the property’s cellars, Château Palmer 2012 is ready to arise from its reserve: a harmonious and spellbinding vintage, which wins you over instantly.


A vintage of pleasure
After ten ascetic years spent in the cellar, Château Palmer 2012 immediately reconnects with its natural volubility, its aromatic depth, its sensual blend of blueberry, licorice, and incense. It retains an elusive yet approachable nose and an unpretentious generosity. Its texture is like a caress, a combination of flesh and silk. A spellbinding vintage, both smooth and tender, which seduces almost without meaning to.
A vintage of balance
Sunny, exuberant Merlots on one side; highly Atlantic, delicate Cabernets on the other. The two identities complemented each other to compose an expressive wine, perfectly rooted in its terroir. While less atypical than the 2011 vintage, Château Palmer 2012 conserves the freshness and vigor of its initial expression, with a powerful Merlot which has held its ground without drowning out the grain of the Cabernet.
A vintage of promise
Ten years on, Château Palmer 2012 is still standing proud between sky and sun, on the high wire yet firmly grounded, magnificently looking towards the future. But wait patiently for another ten years, and it will offer another, different expression of the dizzying contrast of its origins: the astounding marriage of exuberance and integrity, whose smoothness and delicacy will be elevated once again by further aging…
“2012 is the vintage of the first biodynamic sensations. It was no longer about experimentation or discovery, but about our philosophy taking root…”
— Thomas Duroux, CEO of Château Palmer
Since 2010, Château Palmer has preciously kept a large part of its production in the property’s historic cellar. If the Primeurs week, which traditionally takes place in Bordeaux in spring, remains the perfect opportunity to present young, delicate wines waiting to be kept, Palmer thus inaugurates in 2020 a new concept: the second and last release, after ten years of meticulous vigilance at the château, a vintage ready to be tasted.


Château Palmer 2012, Ten Years On


The estate was divided into five "islands" four years ago and the teams rediscover their distinct plots each season.

The estate was divided into five "islands" four years ago and the teams rediscover their distinct plots each season, mastering them with time, experience and ever-deeper roots.


Le Cassena

This singular island nestled two miles from the château is bordered by a forest and scattered with fruit trees. This is the estate's "most varied" ensemble, featuring four varieties of white grapes alongside the reds. These vigorous vines each require specific pruning and treatment. Debudding is one particularly delicate stage, consisting of cutting off a vast number of excess branches, often "as thick as Christmas trees," says Franck, to give an idea of the scale of the task. This valiant Médoc native can count on Isabelle, a former pre-school assistant, who is as skilled at growing vines as she was at raising children. Christine completes this trio, and received twenty roses from the director, in person, to celebrate her twentieth year with the estate last February. All three are unwaveringly loyal to the earth and have a truly extraordinary work ethic.


Le Plateau

These are the oldest vines, lying closest to the estuary and offering the finest wines. The Plateau des Brauzes is also the "cleanest" island, according to the winegrowers, meaning it is a well-known, tamed terroir. It serves as the estate's memory, located just behind the château where the sun rises and the Merlots shine. Aurélie, a former carpenter who is now proud to work with wood's very roots, heads up an enthusiastic team. Every year, they are delighted to "rediscover the same plots" and eager to experiment with new techniques. On plot 46, for example, the number of vine stocks has doubled to reach 20,000 feet per hectare. Meanwhile, on plot 16, the vines are being pruned higher this year and trellised up to six feet. The objective is to develop a better understanding of the ecosystem and work tirelessly to make the vines more resilient and robust. Both a calling and an exultation.



Driss is one of the guardians of the estate. When he has finished working on the Merlot or Cabernet vines of the Domec island — a total of thirteen hectares between the cellar and the Route des Vins — he sleeps in the village, watches over the château, feeds the animals, and sometimes even helps deliver a calf or a lamb, accompanied by his wife and their three children. "Perfectionism" is his philosophy, because "it pays off." "A profound knowledge of the vines makes our job easier," says Émilie. "We see the results of our work from one year to the next." The winegrower chose Château Palmer for "its pioneering spirit," "the absence of pesticides," and its biodynamic approach. Vintage after vintage, the five members of the team watch with satisfaction as "the plant learns to stand on its own two feet." The winegrower provides the impetus, and nature follows.

Winegrowers working in the vineyard with Château Palmer in the background

Nature at work

Spring is never short on surprises. On sudden appearances.

Spring is never short on surprises. On sudden appearances. While the final jobs are being completed (acanage, pliage), the sap awakens and the vine transforms. This is “winter’s dreams told at the table of angels,” to quote the poet Khalil Gibran. The first buds emerge under their fine down; a “budding” period both miraculous and at the mercy of climatic whims.


These are “weeks that count twice as much,” says Sabrina Pernet, the technical director of Château Palmer. The early April frosts forced the teams to be tirelessly vigilant, tending gently to the Merlots with candles and wind turbines. Since then, the winemakers have coddled the buds, spraying valerian and essential oil of Helichrysum to strengthen the branches until the blossoms arrive. The ingenuity of the earth reclaims its rightful place while the spring breeze warms our hearts.


The next few days will see the arrival of green shoots of Cabernet Sauvignon and the new vintage will be revealed to early buyers, complete with its promise of aromatic freshness and supple tannins. Blooms and resurrection; the unstoppable dance of the seasons, true to itself and different every year, ends the long winter’s night with a promise of radiant days to come.

Château Palmer vines
The Tasting Room


Château Palmer’s wines. Its words. Different expressions of a single terroir, born of a common philosophy. Homages to a natural environment and to the traditions of an estate, over time they begin to resonate. Not with power, but with finesse, with elegance. With age, grand crus, the words of Château Palmer, take on ever greater meaning.


"No vintage resembles the one before. This forces us to constantly question our practices, and prevents us from developing any automatisms. Our only guide is our palate."

Pierre-Baptiste Cormery, Cellar Worker, Château Palmer