An exclusive wine and dinner experience coming up on Friday, 17 June – Appetite will be hosting visionary wine personality Thomas Duroux of Château Palmer for an evening to remember.
Featuring 5 distinctive vintage wines, including the award-winning 2005 & 2000 Palmer! All accompanied by a 5 course Omakase experience in our R&D Kitchen. Limited seatings available at 6.00 and 8.30PM.
To book, drop us a text at +65 9751 5300.
About Château Palmer
Described by Anson on Decanter Premium as “an 1855 third growth that has not been afraid to reinvent itself in recent years”. Château Palmer “has always been both deeply entrenched in the heart of Margaux, and yet something of an outlier. That’s not just because it is today one of only a handful of fully certified organic and biodynamic châteaux in the appellation. Palmer also bucks the rules of the Médoc by planting its Merlot grapes (which form a higher proportion of the vineyard than many in Margaux) on some of its best gravel outcrops, helping explain the velvety tannins and seductive fruits that are such a marker of the wine.”
Legend says namesake British army general Charles Palmer bought the vineyard while on his way home after the 1814 Battle of Toulouse. The sellers, the Gascqs, had produced a good quality wine from their exceptional, gravelly terroir, but Palmer spent over-freely on expansion and promoting: finances exhausted, he lost it all in 1843. By 1853, banking brothers Isaac and Emile Pereire were in charge. They reorganised, added the château, and generally battled with turn of the century tribulations – until the 1930s recession beat them too. Credit for today’s fine estate stems from a 1938 takeover by the Bordeaux wine families of Sichel, Mähler-Besse, Ginestet and Miailhe. Today, the estate is still owned by the descendants of two of the original families – the Sichels and the Mähler-Besses – who are active third generation partners in running the estate.
About Thomas Duroux
Thomas Duroux was just 34 when he took over from Bertrand Bouteiller as CEO of Château Palmer in 2004. A professional agronomist and œnologist, he brought with him a decade of experience in the making of great wines around the world: in Bordeaux, Hungary, South Africa, California and Tuscany. Back in his native region, Duroux could carry out a new vision for the Grands Crus of Bordeaux.
Duroux is part of a new generation of winemakers around the world who have tapped into available funds and resources to forensically examine their vineyards; harnessing science and technology to flesh out knowledge previously acquired via experience and hunches. It’s essentially a quest for ever-greater precision. And Duroux believes that this engenders a more respectful attitude towards the environment, drawing on descriptions of the farm as a living organism.
A master of equilibrium, always seeking greater depth, elegance and refinement for Château Palmer wines, Duroux brings to his task not only impeccable taste, experience and respect for an unequalled tradition but also youth, a spirit of independence and a talent for invention and innovation.