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Classic. Both literally and figuratively, little or nothing could cloud this vintage. Because apart from a little rain in September, the grapes were treated to warm and dry weather, ideal for attaining optimal ripeness. Ageing potential: 2010 - 2040
Blend : 52% Merlot, 43 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Rated 91 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A classic Margaux, the 1998 Palmer has put on weight and fleshed out during its elevage in barrel. It displays a dense purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of black fruits, licorice, melted asphalt, pain grille, and a touch of acacia flowers. Full-bodied, with brilliant definition, this blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a dollop of Petit Verdot, will age well for 20-30 years. It is one of the Medoc's, as well as the Margaux appellation's
finest wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2028.
Rated 90 Points Wine Spectator
Mushroom, spice, earth and berry character on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins and meaty, berry and cèpe flavors. Tannins are still a little angular. Give it a little time.—'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2010.