Château Margaux, Château Palmer

The name Margaux was famous long before Ernest Hemingway’s son Jack named his daughter after the wine he was drinking on the night she was conceived. Besides Papa Hemingway, Thomas Jefferson and Sir Robert Walpole were among the fans of the first-growth Bordeaux, one of four first growths named in the famous 1855 classification (along with Lafite, Latour and Haut-Brion). Château Margaux gave its name to an entire appellation in the southern Médoc region of Bordeaux, which has caused some confusion, and a fair amount of disappointment, since many of the wines entitled to the name Margaux aren’t all that good. In the Margaux appellation, only one wine, Château Palmer, has ever challenged the preeminence of Château Margaux. Although ranked as a third growth, Palmer has in some vintages surpassed Château Margaux and, in every vintage, provided a fascinating comparison with its eminent rival.


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