2009 Palmer Alter Ego
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

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  • JS 93
  • NM 93
  • WE 93
  • WA 91
  • WS 90
  • JR 90

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JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, July 2013
What a second wine. This is so delicious with a dense palate and beautiful yet friendly structure. Velvety tannins coat your mouth but it is the savory fruit that brings you back for more. Love the chocolate and coffee... What a second wine. This is so delicious with a dense palate and beautiful yet friendly structure. Velvety tannins coat your mouth but it is the savory fruit that brings you back for more. Love the chocolate and coffee undertones. Better in 2016 but beautiful now.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. This has a lovely floral bouquet with classic dark black fruit, olive, a touch of brine and sea salt. It opens beautifully in the glass - all finesse and grace. The palate is... Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. This has a lovely floral bouquet with classic dark black fruit, olive, a touch of brine and sea salt. It opens beautifully in the glass - all finesse and grace. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip. There is plenty of fleshy fruit here belying the structure underneath. The finish is understated and gentle but that finish is very long. Do not underestimate this wine.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, March 2011
(WE91-93 points) Very ripe fruit aromas. The palate is almost velvet in texture, smooth and rich, fruits packed with black berries and sweet plums. A charming, delicious wine.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2012
A second wine that has improved dramatically is the Alter Ego de Palmer. The 2009 a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot exhibits aromas of blackberries cassis chocolate roasted espresso and a smoky/foresty... A second wine that has improved dramatically is the Alter Ego de Palmer. The 2009 a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot exhibits aromas of blackberries cassis chocolate roasted espresso and a smoky/foresty note. This hedonistic juicy succulent Margaux is meant to be consumed in its first 10-15 years of life.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2012
Well-sculpted, with enough concentration to the dark plum, maduro tobacco, anise and warm tar notes to merit some cellaring, but enough bright acidity and juicy briar hints to make this accessible now. Drink now through... Well-sculpted, with enough concentration to the dark plum, maduro tobacco, anise and warm tar notes to merit some cellaring, but enough bright acidity and juicy briar hints to make this accessible now. Drink now through 2020. – JM
JR 90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, January 2013
Very dark blackish purple. Racy start and then quite concentrated with a dry but not drying finish. Decent wine. Opulent and mellifluous. 17/20
JJB 94
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, March 2010
Tasted at Chateau Palmer. 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 51% Merlot. Dense core with a blood red rim. Perfumed on the nose with delicious ripe red fruits that seem to easily lift from the glass. The tannins are fully mature and... Tasted at Chateau Palmer. 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 51% Merlot. Dense core with a blood red rim. Perfumed on the nose with delicious ripe red fruits that seem to easily lift from the glass. The tannins are fully mature and well integrated. This wine is ripe and fruit laden but also has all the stuffing that one would expect from the `Grand Vin'. Fresh and vibrant throughout with flavors of red cherry and espresso. Delightful wine.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2009

Label

Alter Ego is a different, nuanced expression of the Chateau Palmer terroir. Born with the 1998 vintage, Alter Ego resulted from a new approach to selecting and blending, intended to interpret the Chateau Palmer terroir differently without departing from the values that make the reputation of the estate’s wines – namely, finesse and elegance, aromatic richness, harmony and length.

Made in roughly the same volume as Chateau Palmer, Alter Ego spends less time in oak, just 16 to 18 months, and only 25% to 40% of the wood is new.

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