2010 Chateau Palmer Alter Ego
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 93
  • WE 93
  • WS 92
  • JL 92
  • JD 92
  • WA 91

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JS 93
jamessuckling.com, February 2013
Aromas of orange peel, walnuts and berries follow through to a full body, with a luscious tannins and fruit structure. Long and delicious. The second wine of Palmer. Try in 2017.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
The second wine of Château Palmer is a rich, floral, smooth and perfumed wine. It has layers of dark plums and almost sweet acidity, with tannins that are buried in the voluptuous palate. The finish shows intense black... The second wine of Château Palmer is a rich, floral, smooth and perfumed wine. It has layers of dark plums and almost sweet acidity, with tannins that are buried in the voluptuous palate. The finish shows intense black currant acidity.
WS 92
Wine Spectator, March 2013
Offers a tarry frame melded to a core of plum sauce, tobacco and dark currant preserves. Fleshy and broad, with a good charcoal spine for freshness. Approachable now, but should improve with cellaring. Best from 2014... Offers a tarry frame melded to a core of plum sauce, tobacco and dark currant preserves. Fleshy and broad, with a good charcoal spine for freshness. Approachable now, but should improve with cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2025. 7,500 cases made. –JM
JL 92
TheWineCellarInsider.com, July 2011
With an attention seeking floral, black raspberry, cocoa powder, licorice and spice box perfume, the wine feels great on your palate with its silky tannins. Filled with fresh plums, licorice and elegant textures, this is... With an attention seeking floral, black raspberry, cocoa powder, licorice and spice box perfume, the wine feels great on your palate with its silky tannins. Filled with fresh plums, licorice and elegant textures, this is the finest vintage of Alter Ego I have tasted yet. Aside from the 1999, 2010 Alter Ego is better than any vintage of Palmer produced by the estate during the 90’s. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wine-tasting-note/?vintage=2010&wine=Alter%20Ego%20de%20Palmer
JD 92
jebdunnuck.com, July 2017
The 2010 Palmer Alter Ego is a beauty. Made from close to an even split of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (from 50% of the total crop), it offers a deep purple color as well as a smoky, chocolaty style in is cassis... The 2010 Palmer Alter Ego is a beauty. Made from close to an even split of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (from 50% of the total crop), it offers a deep purple color as well as a smoky, chocolaty style in is cassis, espresso and tobacco aromas and flavors. Big, rich and loaded with fruit and texture, it’s still a baby, with ripe, sweet tannin, yet certainly offers ample pleasure. Drink it anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
An equal-part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Alter Ego represents 50% of the crop at Palmer. It has been an interesting second wine to take note of ever since the first vintage in 1998. The 2010 displays... An equal-part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Alter Ego represents 50% of the crop at Palmer. It has been an interesting second wine to take note of ever since the first vintage in 1998. The 2010 displays loads of chocolaty espresso notes, with plenty of punch, glycerin and unctuosity as well as some tannin like its bigger sister, but it is clearly meant to be drinkable at a much earlier age. It will still require several years of cellaring and should last 12-15 years. There’s no question that Thomas Duroux and the staff at Palmer are producing wines of first-growth quality, and have been for nearly a decade. - RP
JJB 93
JJ Buckley, April 2011
51% cabernet sauvignon 49% merlot. This is the second wine of Palmer. Aromas of ripe cherry raspberry jam pepper mocha and vanilla are interwoven with turned earth and wet stone. The palate is medium bodied with vibrant... 51% cabernet sauvignon 49% merlot. This is the second wine of Palmer. Aromas of ripe cherry raspberry jam pepper mocha and vanilla are interwoven with turned earth and wet stone. The palate is medium bodied with vibrant flavors of strawberry licorice and coffee while the mid palate introduces acidity and restrained tannins. A nice creamy finish that ends with a bit of heat. More structure here than previous years and this will be approachable within 5 years of release and drink well for another 10+ years thereafter. Alcohol is highest on record at 14.4%. pH 3.55.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2010
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

Winery

Chateau Palmer

Chateau Palmer, classified a Third Growth Bordeaux, is in the commune of Cantenac, the heart of the Margaux appellation.

The Palmer vineyards, originally part of the larger estate of Chateau d’Issan, cover 66 hectares of gravelly soil on terraces overlooking the Garonne River. There are equal amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (47% each). The remainder is Petit Verdot. From 2014 forward, the entire property has been farmed biodynamically.

Chateau Palmer is named after Major General Charles Palmer of the British Army, who bought the estate in 1814 from Marie de Gascq. A passionate man, he invested a great deal of time, energy and money to develop his property, purchasing land and buildings in the communes of Cantenac, Issan, and Margaux, and by the 1830s, his property covered 163 hectares, 82 hectares of which were vineyards. “Palmer's Claret” quickly gained popularity in London clubs and even found favor in the eyes of the future King George IV.

Charles sold the estate in 1843. The current owners, the Sichel and Mahler-Besse families, have been in place since 1938. Their focus throughout has been on authenticity, quality and consistency.