1983 Château Palmer, Cru Classé Margaux
For many fine wine critics, an even better vintage from Chateau Palmer than the all-time-greatest year prior, and arguably 1983's best Left Bank cuvée, full-stop. Palmer '83 is simply history in a bottle -- a collector's boon. Here's how those at the chateau recall it:
"The weather, right on time. In 1983, every stage of the vines' development was accompanied by perfect weather: warm and dry in June for the flowering, heatwave temperatures in early summer as ripening began, warm and dry again in September as the grapes reached perfect ripeness. All of which created high sugar levels - comparable to 1982 - and extremely ripe tannins."
"Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, this was the finest 1983 Château Palmer that I have encountered. The nose is ethereal with wonderful definition: mint-tinged red berry fruit, cedar, dried rose petals and very subtle acrid tang of a November bonfire. It is the definition and purity that is beguiling and yes, it is reminiscent of the 1961. The palate is beautifully balanced and lithe in the mouth. Like previous bottles, there is a Burgundy-like sensibility about this Palmer, sensual in the mouth with a crystalline finish that will have you reaching for the glass for another sip. Robert Parker stated that the 1983 was the best vintage following the epochal 1961 and I completely concur. This 1983 Palmer is probably at its peak now, although I have no doubt that it will continue to cruise at high altitude for many years. Tasted May 2015." -- 98 points, The Wine Advocate
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