Montagne de Reims, France
Palmer & Co. have been makingn noteworthy and elegant Champagne since 1947. They began as seven. winegrowers, who came together with a shared vision and passion for making ultra-premium wine; now, they grow grapes over 415 ha of vineyards, of which 200ha encompass 40 crus in the Montage de Reims.
The rest of their grapes are grown across the Côte de Sézanne, the Côte des Bar and the Marne Valley, this patchwork of terroirs helping Palmer to achieve wonderful balance. One of the few Champagne houses to have a Solera system, their 35-year-old Soleras add richness and complexity into the Champagnes - these reserve wines are the backbone of their non-vintage cuvées.
Time is of the essence for Palmer & Co., as their self-confessed most important ingredient. The long lees ageing gives the wines their characteristic refi nement and aromatic complexity: a minimum of three years for non-vintage, while the vintage cuvées are aged for six to eight years. Not to mention the larger bottles, left in the cellars for ten years or more! Maturing in a maze of deep, chalky galleries, the bottles rest 20 metres under t he city of Reims. They love large formats at Palmer, in fact, they lovingly call regular 75cl bottles "half magnums".
Unanimously appreciated for their excellence, Palmer's cuvées are regularly distinguished in major international wine competitions. Three of ttheir Champagnes won gold at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018: the Brut Reserve NV, Blanc de Blancs NV and Blanc de Noirs NW, the latter also taking gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards last year.