A vintage with an extremely
The 2010 vintage by Château Palmer
After 1982 and 1983, 1989 and 1990, 1995 and 1996, 2009 and 2010
were great back-to-back vintages! What a delightful challenge to taste
them and try to decide which is better… Of course, there will always
be people who will champion one over the other!
Thanks to the beautiful weather throughout the growing season –
except for a few incidents in June – especially at the height of
summer, the marvellous potential of the 2010 vintage is more
obvious with each passing month. The water stress led to a
concentration of phenolic compounds greater than in 2009.
Furthermore, excellent acidity added a very welcome counterpoint,
giving the 2010 vintage much appreciated freshness and confirming
its ageing potential.
Thanks to ideal weather during the harvest, we could take our time,
picking in adagio mode to let the grapes reach optimum ripeness.
Epitomising the Palmer style, the 2010 vintage plays the same
refrain as the 2009: power, concentration, and balance – soft-pedalled,
under control, well-tamed power, accompanied by a delicate side
that is sure to blossom over time.
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