Chateau Palmer and Chateau d’Issan: two of Margaux’s finest

Chateau Palmer and Chateau d’Issan: two of Margaux’s finest

Chateau Palmer :

Aspiring to excellence, sharing common values, and acting on them

Chateau Palmer’s 55 hectares of vineyards can be found nestled in the heart of the prestigious Margaux chateau palmerappellation. According to the Chateau, “the place of origin is the vineyard. Everything comes from there: the grandeur of the wine, its noblesse, and its identity.” This attitude emphasizes the impact that this unique terroir has on the wines produced here.

While it was originally part of a neighbouring estate, Chateau Palmer’s modern history dates to its purchase by the English General Charles Palmer in 1814. With General Palmer’s energy and passion, not to mention his position in English society, the Chateau prospered and his wines gained a huge following abroad and earned a place in the 1855 Classification. Today, the Chateau is owned by a partnership between the Sichel and Mähler-Besse families and managed by oenologist Thomas Duroux.

Chateau Palmer is one of the rare Margaux chateaux who’s wines are comprised of almost equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with just a drop of Petit Verdot. This unique blend is what creates such a complex bouquet. Notes of black and red fruits accompanied by flowers and spice create an exhilaratingly rich fusion of aromas. Long barrel aging, ideally followed by years of bottle aging, allows the full expression of Chateau Palmer wines to be realized.

Chateau d’Issan :

For the table of the Kings, and the abode of the Gods

Located in the famous Margaux appellation, Chateau d’Issan can date its history to the 12th century when its wines were served at the marriage of Eleanor of Acquitaine to Henry Plantagent in 1152. Considered by many Chateau d'Issanto be the most romantic in Bordeaux, the moated Chateau was built in the 17th century by Chevalier d’Essenault, from which the shortened name “d’Issan” is derived. In the 19th century the Chateau underwent extensive renovation and modernization and produced wines of such quality that it was listed as a Third Growth in the famous 1855 Classification. After a period of decline in the early 20th century the Cruse family purchased and restored the property, revealing the true potential of its terroir.

Chateau d’Issan meticulously vinifies its wine plot by plot, conserving the unique qualities given to the grapes by each individual microclimate within the vineyard. After vinification takes place, the blending or “assemblage” occurs during the end of December and the beginning of January. After blending, the wines are aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

Generally, Chateau d’Issan wines are comprised of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon – 35% Merlot. Characterized by an opulent aromatic quality that is typical of the Margaux appellation, they possess an outstanding richness. The complex bouquet has notes of black currant, ripe black fruits and earth, with an expressive floral quality.

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