92 Points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 30th May 2016
Tasted at the Ch?teau Palmer vertical in London, I confess that maybe I’ve been harsh towards the 1990 Ch?teau Palmer in the past, since it never quite matched the sublime 1989. However, this represents the finest bottle that I have encountered. The nose is complex with red cherries, allspice and sous-bois, tertiary scents developing as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine balance, not the most complex 1990 and not a patch on say Ch?teau Margaux 1990, yet there is precision here and a pleasant savory finish that maintains precision. I cannot envisage it improving further, but you would not throw your rattle out of the pram if a bottle landed on your table.