1980 Chateau Palmer

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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1980 Chateau Palmer

Post by AHB » 21:31 Sun 06 Mar 2011

An odd bottle I've had for a while, bought on Michael Broadbent's comment that this is one of the better wines of the vintage.

Deep red colour, showing some browning from age. Classic, austere barn-yard nose full of straw and strawberry. Medium bodied, fruity and balanced with noticeable and slightly green tannins. Lovely flavours but with tannins which constantly try to dominate. Big aftertaste, with some fresh licorice root and a long and dry finish. Very drinkable, if a little austere. 87/100.
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Re: 1980 Chateau Palmer

Post by KillerB » 14:39 Mon 07 Mar 2011

I like Palmer, especially the classic pencil-lead flavours associated with all Margaux wines. It's something I find particularly attractive along with the perfumed bouquet. I'm surprised that it still has such overwhelming tannins at 30 years old. I had the 88 a couple of years ago and it was lovely. I have a 90 'resting'.
Port is basically a red drink

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