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Palmer & Co Vintage 2012

Mix 12
£70.00
Mix 6
£72.00
Per Bottle
£76.00
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Description & Technical Information
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In 1947, seven well-established and visionary winegrowers came together in a joint quest for ultimate perfection and founded Champagne Palmer & Co. The founders bought its current cellars from a failing Champagne House in Reims in 1959. Over the years, the cooperative has spread past Reims and now owns an impressive 450 hectares of vineyards, over 200 of which are classified Grand and Premier Crus. A large percentage of Palmer's vineyards are in the Montagne de Reims giving Palmer a unique source of chardonnay in these cooler aspect locations, Blanc de Blancs being one of the stars in the Palmer portfolio. Palmer are one of few producers to ferment large formats, everything bigger than Jeroboam, in the final bottle and up to Nebuchadnezzar, 15 litres, are made in this way.

Palmer ID: L19097C | Each bottle of Palmer & Co can be identified by the ID on the back label. This enables you to discover the story of that very bottle. You can do so using the smartphone App or on the Palmer & Co website.

Palmer & Co's vintage is always a subtle association of a particular climatic year and the Palmer style. Consisting exclusively of Grand and Premier Crus from the Montagne de Reims area, this champagne of rare complexity also has the typical charming elegance of Palmer & Co.

Weather: The 2012 weather has been hallmarked by many as very challenging but has created some stunning Champagne. Relatively low yields due to various weather conditions throughout the year. The winter months brought some frosts and hail which damaged the early stages of bud burst. August and September were mostly dry very warm and this helped rescue and give the grapes a stunning maturity.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru from Montagne de Reims - Pinot Noir: Mailly & Verzenay | Chardonnay: Trepail & Villers Marmery
Grape Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir & 5% Meunier
Ageing: 5 years on the lees
Disgorged: 9th May 2018
Dosage: 7 g/l
Drink: Now to 2029

Tasting Note:On the nose, lots of ripe orchard fruits and citrus tones with hints of tropical fruit. The long lees ageing gives a round and full mid palate with a chalky texture, lots of citrus and peach and pineapple and hints of red berries. Fresh and surprisingly forward like most of the 2012's
Champagne Palmer & Co Overview
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Expert Reviews
93+/100
William Kelley
“Palmer's 2012 Brut Vintage continues to show beautifully, wafting from the glass with notes of citrus oil, buttered toast, smoke and crisp green orchard fruit. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a tightly wound core, tangy acids and a pretty pinpoint mousse, it's long and penetrating, concluding with a chalky finish. This is evolving very gracefully and will be even better with more time in the cellar: it's one of the finest vintage releases I've tasted from this address.”
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Tasted blind. Light coppery gold colour. Very persistent bead. Smells sweet, almost candified. But this is very nicely balanced by citrus acidity. Reminds me of Dom Pérignon! Lightly reductive and rather beautifully balanced.”
94 → 95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Medium lemon colour. Sophisticated nose with creamy-toasty complexity. Rich and expressive with lovely gunpowdery whiffs. Round palate with dried fruit profile getting emphasised. There is volume and freshness on the sweetly fruity, instantly impressive palate. Long, fruity, sweet finish. ”
93/100
William Kelley
“Disgorged in May 2018 with eight grams per liter dosage, Palmer's newly released 2012 Brut Vintage is showing very well indeed, offering up a deep bouquet of peach, yellow orchard fruit, buttered toast and iodine. Full-bodied, fleshy and vinous, it's a rich and muscular wine, reflecting the concentrated vintage, with racy acids and a classy pinpoint mousse. Drink 2020 - 2038”
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Small crop. Dosage 7 g/l Lively mousse. Creamy nose, almost lactic. The Palmer CEO suggests pear. Transparent and very racy. Excellent attack. Still quite youthful but already approachable. A rather charming, easy drink. I could drink this all afternoon. Very friendly now.”
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Awards
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DWWA Platinum 2021
News Articles
  1. Palmer & Co: Bottles vs Magnums and Vintage Collection

    Palmer & Co: Bottles vs Magnums and Vintage Collection

    August 10, 2019

    Our last visit to Palmer & Co's new winery in Reims included a comparison of the current range from bottle and magnum and a selection of older vintages from the late release Blanc de Blancs and Vintage Collections.
  2. Palmer & Co: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Palmer & Co: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    March 25, 2019

    Earlier this month, we tasted the base wines from 2018 with Champagne Palmer & Co. Having previously released video footage of harvest 2018 describing it as "exceptional", Palmer clearly rate the latest vintage highly and we soon discovered why.
  3. Palmer & Co Unveil New Winery

    Palmer & Co Unveil New Winery

    March 9, 2019

    Champagne Palmer & Co unveiled their new winery last month. Designed to meet the highest environmental standards, the state-of-the-art winery symbolises Palmer's respect for sustainable development, whilst reflecting their impeccably high standards.
  4. A Visit to Champagne Palmer & Co

    A Visit to Champagne Palmer & Co

    October 19, 2018

    During our trip to Reims last week, we visited Champagne Palmer & Co to meet with Managing Director Rémi Vervier. After hunting in the underground cellars for the biggest bottle we could find, we discussed harvest 2018 and tasted two stunning examples of Palmer Vintage Collection.
  5. Palmer & Co Video:

    Palmer & Co Video: "Exceptional" Champagne Harvest 2018

    September 6, 2018

    Champagne Palmer & Co have produced some stunning behind the scenes footage of the record-breaking 2018 Champagne harvest, which takes viewers on a journey through the vineyard and pressing centres. Check out the full video here.
  6. Champagne Palmer & Co

    Champagne Palmer & Co

    January 12, 2018

    After impressing us at several tasting events in the past, we added a range of Palmer & Co champagnes to our website last year. One of the newest houses in the region, what is their history and what do their champagnes taste like? The Finest Bubble reveal all.
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