Château Palmer is a wine estate located in the Margaux appellation of the Médoc. It was ranked as a third growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, although for many decades it has been consistently rated as one of the best wines in the region. Unusually for the Médoc, Château Palmer usually has as much Merlot as Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (along with a small amount of Petit Verdot), which helps give the wine a fleshy and generous structure. It can be drunk young, but will also reward long cellaring.
The Palmer vineyards cover 55 hectares (136 acres) in the Cantenac commune, mostly on a plateau of thin gravel on the edge of the estuary. Vines are densely planted, as is the habit in this region, to ensure competition between vines and promote deep root systems. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, and different plots are vinified separately to give the winemakers control when it comes to blending. The grand vin undergoes around 21 months of barrel aging, with up to 60 percent new oak.