Palmer 1966 750ml (Mid Shoulder Fill)
WA 96. "Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1966 Château Palmer has long been considered one of the finest wines of that vintage. Perhaps over-shadowed by the 1961, it remains a marvelous Margaux that continues to give pleasure. I tasted three different bottles of the 1966, two bottles side by side at the vertical tasting in London, though I have chosen a bottle subsequently tasted in Bordeaux the following March since this was served blind. The nose is wonderful: dusky black fruit, cedar, autumn woodland scents, perhaps more Saint Julien-like than the 1961, which is unequivocally "Margaux." The palate is medium-bodied with sufficient fruit, very fine tannins and perfectly judged acidity. It is a different character to the 1961. It does not have the same flair and profundity, but it is what you would describe as "proper Claret" - a little austere and conservative, but harmonious, fresh and amazingly long; and I noticed a nuanced ferrous element on the aftertaste. It has always been an outstanding Palmer that deserves respect and great bottles continue to shine. Tasted March 2016."
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