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Champagne Palmer

Palmer might just be the best Champagne House you have never heard of ? despite the fact you may have unwittingly drunk some of the brilliant vintage wine.Back in the bad old days when Champagne Houses occasionally (and rather naughtily) bought in unlabelled ready-to-drink bottles and slapped their label on the front, Palmer was often the go to name for the Grand Marques, especially for vintage wines. Why? Because they knew the quality would be very good indeed. In fact, more than good enough to be passed on as a much more famous and expensive name.The days of selling sur latte are all but over, but one thing hasn?t changed: the quality of the juice in Champagne Palmer?s wines.Today, Palmer has over 200 growers with 365 hectares of vines spread across 40 villages. Intriguingly, most of the vines are located in the heart Montagne des Reims where one finds some of the most underrated Chardonnay vines in the region. In the words of Champagne writer, Tom Stevenson: ?Montagne Chardonnay has an emphatic minerality, but it is less chalky. The fruit has more body and structure, without any appreciable gain in weight. The aromas are more creamy, with less white flowers and citrus.?