Château Palmer: HISTORICAL xixth CENTURY WINE L.20.20
“This is a collective creation, the free interpretation of a forgotten tradition which piques our imagination and invites us to dare something different.”
- Thomas Duroux, CEO of Château Palmer
In the XIXth century, it was a common practice of the time to "hermitage" the wines. Bordeaux vintners would add to their wines a certain quantity of wine from the Rhone - notably from the region of Hermitage - whose syrah would strengthen the structure and power of the claret. Afew bottles can still be found dating back to this period, whose labels note the name of the cru and the word hermitage, all from vintages preceding the AOC regulations which finally ended this practice.
In the XXlst century, Château Palmer came up with the idea of bringing this forgotten tradition back to life. Years ago, during a visit to a renowned collector in California, Thomas Duroux, director of the estate, had the rare opportunity to taste a 1869 hermitage. The emotions experienced that day, in the presence of a wine more than a century old, have been fully expressed in the renaissance of Palmer's own hermitage, the Historical XIXth Century Wine. A definitively historic wine, whose name honours the past of the great wines of Bordeaux.