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    2 432
  • Producer ranking ?

    20
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    from 2018
  • Food Pairing

    Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola Cheese

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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Alter Ego: A very delicate second wine. Opulent red and dark berries, very sweet and fruity in palate. Elegant, fresh and polished. Easy and earlier drinking for sure comparing to Palmer but this second label was doing a very good job! 93-95
  • 94p
Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured nose with hints of ripe plums, plum jam, black cherries, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with good balance, length, firm but mature tannins. Pleasant fruit in the finish, convincing length.
  • 90p
Deep colour. Blackberry, elderberry aromas with savoury oak notes. Inky blackberry cassis creamy flavours, silky extra fine graphite textures, and underlying vanilla, mocha ginger oak. Finishes firm and chewy at the finish. Elemental but in perfect symmetry. Lovely wine. 96 points
  • 96p

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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

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96p
 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Alter Ego 2015  ( Château Palmer )

"Deep colour. Blackberry, elderberry aromas with savoury oak notes. Inky blackberry cassis creamy flavours, silky extra fine graphite textures, and underlying vanilla, mocha ginger oak. Finishes firm and chewy at the finish. Elemental but in perfect symmetry. Lovely wine. 96 points"

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92p
 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Alter Ego 2015  ( Château Palmer )

"Alter Ego Margaux - 42% Cabernet Sauvignon 52% Merlot 6% Petit
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Good deep purple, chocolatey, ripe plummy fruit coming through on the nose, plenty of silk here, generous, lovely mouthfeel, depth and texture, it's vibrant, long and impressive for a second wine. 91-94/100 2021- 2035"

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Alter Ego 2015  ( Château Palmer )

"Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Well structured nose with hints of ripe plums, plum jam, black cherries, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with good balance, length, firm but mature tannins. Pleasant fruit in the finish, convincing length. "

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