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  • Country ranking ?

    5 318
  • Producer ranking ?

    55
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    2020-2025
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

Palmer and its Alter Ego are two nuanced expressions of the Château Palmer terroir, two interpretations of the variations offered by the climatic conditions of the vintage. These variations can be likened, in music, to symphonic pieces and their jazz adaptations, in the visual arts, to a classic painting and a contemporary rendering of the same subject, and, in literature, to an epic narrative in alexandrine verse and a prose poem. 

Alter Ego was born with the 1998 vintage. It resulted from a new approach to selecting and blending devised to interpret the Château Palmer terroir differently without departing from the values that make the reputation of our wines – namely, finesse and elegance, aromatic richness, harmony and length. 

 

Offering intense, crispy and juicy fruits, Alter Ego is a spontaneous uninhibited wine, soft and round as soon as it has finished barrel ageing. Its lush aromas and supple tannins make it a wine that can be appreciated in the first years after bottling. 

At the end of the summer, the slowly maturing berries are regularly tasted to evaluate their potential. We pay attention to the taste of the grape, the thickness of the skin, and the resistance of the seed. By this time we already have a sense of what the wines will be like. We are looking for lush grapes for Alter Ego that will release the aromas of fresh fruit. Harvesting and vinification decisions are made based on the idea that we have of the Château Palmer and Alter Ego style. Final blend tastings usually come to confirm our intuitions. The batches chosen for Alter Ego are then blended and put into barrels to age for 18 months. The fruitiness and aromatic intensity are preserved by the use of a moderate percentage of new oak barrels (25 to 40%).

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Tasting note

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Violet, Coffee and Toasty

nose

Youthful, Complex, Seductive and Refined

taste

High in Acidity, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Firm, Harmonious, Focused and Drying tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Fine

Written Notes

Deep purple red with violet hue. Elegant charater with elegant fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries with a juicy character, mild spices in the background as well as little toasting. On the palate well structured with medium intensity but good length, remains on the elegant side, displaying ripe tannins in the finish.
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On the nose it is open, youthful, complex, refined, seductive and charming. The taste is harmonious, focused, vivid, firm, refined, with silky tannins, drying tannins, and high in acidity, medium-bodied, with well-structured, well-integrated, balanced structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has blackcurrant, toasty, coffee and violet flavours. The finish is long, lingering, pure and vibrant. This wine is sophisticated and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years.
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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Alter Ego 2013  ( Château Palmer )

"Deep purple red with violet hue. Elegant charater with elegant fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries with a juicy character, mild spices in the background as well as little toasting. On the palate well structured with medium intensity but good length, remains on the elegant side, displaying ripe tannins in the finish. "

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Alter Ego 2013  ( Château Palmer )

"Deep purple red with violet hue, almost black centre. Very elegant fruit, blackcurrants and blackberries, crisp, pure and juicy fruit. Elegant spicy notes in the background. On the palate well structured with medium weight but good length. Elegant character, fine style with firm tannins in the finish. "

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