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    27
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  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • 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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Ruby. Scented, red berries, floral, some violets, cassis, elegant and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, and spices, elegant texture, detailed, fresh, bright, long. 91-93

  • 92p

Deep colour. Fresh dark cherry, inky espresso aromas with complexing spicy/ cumin notes.. Concentrated and inky textured with dark cherry, dark chocolate flavours, liquorice, fennel notes and fresh long Italianesque acidity. Slinky, al-dente finsih with espresso graphite notes. Lovely aromatics and freshness.  Tasted at Ch Palmer 95 points

  • 95p

  Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very intense aroma reminiscent of Morello cherries, dark chocolate. On the palate well structured with precise and mature tannins, Morello cherries and hints of cherry stone. Excellent length. 90 

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Margaux, Bordeaux

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Alter Ego 2016  ( Château Palmer )

Ruby. Scented, red berries, floral, some violets, cassis, elegant and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, and spices, elegant texture, detailed, fresh, bright, long. 91-93

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Alter Ego 2016  ( Château Palmer )

Deep colour. Fresh dark cherry, inky espresso aromas with complexing spicy/ cumin notes.. Concentrated and inky textured with dark cherry, dark chocolate flavours, liquorice, fennel notes and fresh long Italianesque acidity. Slinky, al-dente finsih with espresso graphite notes. Lovely aromatics and freshness.  Tasted at Ch Palmer 95 points

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Alter Ego 2016  ( Château Palmer )

  Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Very intense aroma reminiscent of Morello cherries, dark chocolate. On the palate well structured with precise and mature tannins, Morello cherries and hints of cherry stone. Excellent length. 90 

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