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Château Palmer 2021 released En Primeur

  • Château Palmer 2021 has been released at £2,844 per 12×75.
  • Neal Martin awarded it 94-96 points.
  • The 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2019 vintages offer relative value.

As part of this year’s Bordeaux En Primeur campaign, Château Palmer 2021 has been released at €240 per bottle ex-négociant, flat on the 2020’s opening price. Volumes released are 30% down on last year.

The wine is being offered with a recommended retail price of £2,844 per 12×75. The 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2019 vintages look better value compared with today’s release. See more pricing analysis below.

Critics’ scores

Neal Martin (Vinous) called the 2021 Palmer ‘superb’ and awarded it 94-96 points. He added that it is ‘very long, very suave on the finish’.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous) gave it 94-97 and said that ‘readers will find a Palmer that offers a compelling mix of opulence and energy’.

The Wine Advocate’s William Kelley scored it 95-97 points. He explained that ‘the 2021 marks a return to the classical proportions of the 1990s – with all the additional concentration and precision that Thomas Douroux’s pioneering viticulture and thoughtful winemaking have brought to the equation at this address in the interim’.

The wine also boasts 92-94+ from Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent), 94-96 from Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider) and 96-points from Jane Anson.

Fair Value analysis

Today’s opening price comes at a 34% premium to the price implied by Liv-ex’s Fair Value methodology. Buyers looking for value might be interested in the 2011 and 2012 vintages, which boast 96-points and are available at £2,000 per case.

Alternatively, the higher scored 2019 and 2016 vintages also cost less than today’s release.

Buyers might also wish to consider the 100-point 2018, which is available at a 33.3% premium to today’s release.

Other releases

Alter Ego de Palmer 2021 has also been released at €55 per bottle ex-negociant, up 8.9% on the 2020 release price of €50.50. The wine is being offered for £660 per case.

Our Bordeaux En Primeur 2021 page contains everything you need to know about this year’s campaign. You can also sign up for our daily En Primeur email alerts using the form below.   

Liv-ex analysis is drawn from the world’s most comprehensive database of fine wine prices. The data reflects the real time activity of Liv-ex’s 560+ merchant members from across the globe. Together they represent the largest pool of liquidity in the world – currently £100m of bids and offers across 16,000 wines. Independent data, direct from the market.