Released en primeur this morning, no samples of 2020 Château Palmer were sent outside of France. This is due to the very low levels of sulphur used to stabilise the wine by winemaker Thomas Duroux. Without entering into the larger debate about biodynamics and 'natural' winemaking (which do not go hand in hand), suffice it to say that this low sulphur approach is quite revolutionary in a wine at this level, something which can only be achieved by obsessive levels of care and attention in the vineyard and the winery.
Of the major critics, only those based in Bordeaux have been able to taste so far. Writing for Jancisrobinson.com, James Lawther MW scores the wine 18+ points, and Jane Anson awards it 97 points, describing it as "intense and concentrated, elegant, balanced and classical".
Stock is very limited and we would not be at all surprised if this turns out to be landmark wine once in bottle, so do please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to order.
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