Thursday, November 23, 2023

LeDomduVin: Mise en place - Château Palmer Margaux 2016

Mise en place - Château Palmer Margaux 2016

Mise en place of my next 2016 vintage Bordeaux: Château Palmer Margaux

Bordeaux 2016 is a great vintage, and after buying and tasting a few of these Bordeaux 2016 recently (see previous posts), I decided to embark on a mission to purchase and taste as many as I can (for work).

My most recent purchase is Chateau Palmer 2016. "Mise en place" for an upcoming dinner next week. 

As usual, I'll write my description as soon as I taste it and share it with you all.

Can't wait to taste this beauty. Wine-Searcher Average score is 97/100pts. That sounds really promising!

I love Chateau Palmer. I have been buying, tasting, and selling it for the past 3 decades and have never been disappointed. It is one of the most consistent, agreeable, and reliable Bordeaux wines (IMO).

Moreover, it is sentimental between Palmer and me for many reasons.

First, back in 2002, for a few months, I worked as a Maître-D'Hotel / Sommelier for a catering business, doing occasional dinners and events at the Chateau where I served food and wine to the guests.

Second, because this is where I first met Bernard de Laage de Meux, who worked there for 15 years. He was a friend, an adviser, a leader, and a mentor to me. He was also my boss for a few years here in Hong Kong. May he rest in peace.

Third, in the 2000s, I was doing the "En Primeur" tasting, traveling from the US to Bordeaux with a few colleagues, and Palmer was always on our list of Chateaux to visit and taste.

Fourth, as a Bordeaux native, I'm well acquainted with the name and the wine, as it has always been one of the locomotives of Bordeaux and one of the most prestigious wines of its appellation and the Medoc altogether. 

Indirectly, I could say that Chateau Palmer has seen me grow from a simple waiter and commis sommelier (in the late 90s) to the skilled and accomplished Head Sommelier, Senior Wine manager, and Wine Buyer I have become.

Thank you for your wines, Chateau Palmer, and for all the great moments and memories it reminds me of each time I open, serve, and taste a bottle.

Cheers! Santé!


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