Château Palmer

Château Palmer is a highly renowned wine estate located in the Margaux appellation in Bordeaux, famous for producing some of the most prestigious wines in Bordeaux.

Classified as a 3rd growth in the 1855 classification, many Bordeaux connoisseurs would argue that the level at Château Palmer is equivalent to a 1st growth level.


Château Palmer has a long history dating back to the 17th century. It officially became a wine producer in the early 19th century when Charles Palmer, a British officer, acquired the property.

In 1938, the estate was purchased by the Sichel family, who still own and operate it today. The family has been dedicated to maintaining Château Palmer's high quality and reputation.

Today, Château Palmer produces two wines that express the terroir of Margaux in their unique ways:

  • Château Palmer: This is their signature wine, known for its great finesse and elegance. Typically a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.

  • Alter Ego de Palmer: The second wine from Château Palmer, more accessible in its youth. This wine is also a blend but has a higher proportion of Merlot, making it softer and more fruity in both flavor expression and tannins.

Grape Composition

Château Palmer is known for its harmonious and well-balanced blend of grape varieties. The primary grapes used in their cuvées include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon often contributes structure and complexity, while Merlot adds richness and softness. Petit Verdot may be used in smaller amounts to add color, freshness, and a spicier character to the wine.

10 of the Greatest Vintages

Here are some of the top vintages from Château Palmer that have stood out for their high quality, depth, and great aging potential.

  • 1961

  • 1983

  • 1990

  • 1995

  • 2000

  • 2005

  • 2009

  • 2010

  • 2015

  • 2016

Château Palmer remains one of the most respected and sought-after wine estates in Bordeaux. Here at ShareWine, there are good chances of finding wines from the estate at a wine auction, including rare vintages not commonly seen in the market.