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Nov 15

Château Palmer: First impressions on the 2011 vintage

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 11:30

 

1EchantillonsBD.jpgThe lowest yields since 1961.
The 2011 harvest is marked by a limited production. Going back through our archives we found that it was the lowest yield since the mythical 1961 vintage (11.8 hL/ha versus 20hL/ha for 2011).

A meticulous vintage.
The extra time dedicated to sorting the grapes helped us to preserve the quality of this vintage, allowing us to avoid the consequences of the hazardous weather conditions suffered this year.
In the winery, after analysis, alcohol levels are lower than the 2010 vintage yet the wine shows a surprising acidity.  Due to the combination of adverse weather conditions and a small yield, the berries show an incredible phenolic potential.  In order to preserve these beautiful tannins, we extracted as gently as possible.
Such attention to detail plays a role in the elegance and precision of this Château Palmer 2011.

Promising signs to be confirmed.
Malolactic fermentation, which has just begun, will play an essential role in understanding the vintage.  There is an important amount of malic acid this year; its transformation in lactic acid will contribute in perfecting the wine’s balance.
The final harmonies of Château Palmer 2011 will be composed during tasting sessions where we will define the blend, beginning mid-December.  It is a delicate composition entrusted to our technical team, fully committed to the completion of the 2011 vintage.

SeitenanfangChâteau Palmer, den 09/11/2011

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