Champagne Palmer & Co. was established in 1947 by seven grower-families with Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims region of Champagne. Winemaking at Palmer is a highly collaborative affair: Cellar Master Xavier Berdin and a team of four oenologists taste over 200 distinct lots. The team must reach full consensus before any blend is finalized. Unequaled access to top Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, the predominance of Chardonnay in its blends, extensive use of the cuvée (first press juice), and a distinct reliance on réserve wines are what make the Palmer signature style—balance and elegance—stand out.
First time in the American market, this new discovery from Palmer & Company is the winery’s flagship wine, and an exquisite Reserve Brut composed from 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier sourced from mostly Montagne de Reims Premier and Grand Crus vineyards and aged for a minimum 4 years en tirage. Lovely citrus, pear and apricot aromas with subtle notes of hazelnut, and toasted brioche. Perfectly balanced and drinking far more expensive than its modest price tag (expect this to change quickly once ratings are published, and a market niche is found).