REIMS, France, September 23, 2019 – Champagne Palmer & Co is pleased to introduce Grands Terroirs 2003, a highly limited cuvée produced from exceptional vineyards in the Montagne de Reims. Bottled exclusively in magnum with individually numbered labels, the selection is set to be released on October 1 for sale online and at select fine wine retailers and restaurants in the U.S.; it will retail for $400.
With the introduction of Grands Terroirs 2003, Palmer & Co reveals an exceptional wine from an extraordinary vintage. The combination of the House’s prestigious Premier and Grand Cru vineyards on the Montagne de Reims, coupled with the remarkable know-how of the Palmer & Co team, and an extraordinary year of weather conditions have all come together to create this remarkable wine.
“2003 was a very unusual year,” comments Palmer & Co Cellar Master Xavier Berdin. “Champagne experienced a dry winter and spring with two severe frosts, an early flowering, and a heatwave in the summer. The care lavished on the pressing was, even more so than in a typical year, a deciding factor in achieving quality wines.”
The majority of the Palmer & Co vineyards are located on the north-facing slopes (the Grands Crus of Mailly and Verzenay) and the north-eastern slopes (Premiers Crus of Trépail and Villers-Marmery) of the Montagne de Reims, an area where the environment is rigorous and climates are extreme.
“Grands Terroirs is an exceptional wine made from an exceptional vintage,” explains Winemaker and CEO Rémi Vervier explains. “We wanted to make a wine that demonstrated the power of fine workmanship coupled with the essence of our most noble terroirs and the patience required to make a great wine. After 12 years of ageing on the lees, Grands Terroirs 2003 reveals the spirit of excellence of Champagne Palmer & Co.”
Produced from a blend of 54% Pinot Noir and 46% Chardonnay, Grands Terroirs 2003 has a seductive nose with charming aromas of citrus fruits, roasted coffee, candied apricot, acacia and brioche. Silky on the palate with a harmonious and delicate mouthfeel, this highly limited cuvée is a model of power and purity. A long finish confirms a sensation of great freshness and complexity.
Each of the 1,703 magnums produced is individually numbered and housed in an elegant wooden keepsake box decorated with a map of the Montagne de Reims region.
Palmer & Co has been creating Champagnes of exquisite harmony and consistency for over 70 years. With a majority of vineyards classified as Premier and Grand Crus in the Montagne de Reims, Palmer & Co embraces the aging time necessary for the wines to mature and develop their characteristic refinement and complexity. The following Palmer & Co Champagnes are currently available in the U.S. market: Brut Réserve NV (SRP $60), Rosé Réserve NV (SRP $80), Blanc de Blancs NV (SRP $90), Vintage 2009 (SRP $125), the soon-to-be released Vintage 2012 (SRP, $125), and now Grands Terroirs 2003 (SRP, $400/magnum).
For additional information on Champagne Palmer & Co, visit www.champagne-palmer.fr/en.
ABOUT CHAMPAGNE PALMER & CO
Palmer & Co was established over seventy years ago, in 1947, by seven grower-families with prized Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims region of Champagne. The seven shared a desire for perfection and a vision to create a Champagne house known for its passion for harmony, balance, and the pursuit of excellence. Today, those qualities still define the Champagne Palmer style.
Champagne Palmer & Co centers its activity around three pillars:
- The Art of Blending: Palmer & Co distinguishes itself through the grands terroirs of the Montagne de Reims, where all of its vineyards are classified as Premier or Grand Cru. Reserve wines play an essential role at Palmer & Co. Selected according to their structure and ageing potential, they form the backbone of the Reserve range, lending richness and depth, and ensuring the consistency of the Palmer & Co style.
- The Time Factor: All Palmer & Co wines are extensively aged on the lees– at least four years for the Brut Reserve, six to eight years for all vintage cuvées, and up to ten years or more for magnums and larger format bottles.
- The Palmer & Co Style: Expression of a special art combining technical precision with harmony, the Palmer & Co style is characterized by its remarkable freshness, elegance and balance.