2011 Chateau Palmer Alter Ego
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 92
  • NM 92
  • WE 91
  • WS 90

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In Stock: 3 btls
Ships Inmediately

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ETA: Pending

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JS 92
jamessuckling.com, February 2014
This is classy for the vintage, with beautifully crafted tannins and focused, pure fruit. Currants and blackberries. Full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. Second wine of Palmer. Best second wine of the vintage?... This is classy for the vintage, with beautifully crafted tannins and focused, pure fruit. Currants and blackberries. Full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. Second wine of Palmer. Best second wine of the vintage? Better in 2019.
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
(NM90-92 points) The assemblage is 48% Merlot 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and for the second time 16% Petit Verdot since it was very aromatic. The 2011 has a precocious bouquet that has forgotten that this is supposed to be... (NM90-92 points) The assemblage is 48% Merlot 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and for the second time 16% Petit Verdot since it was very aromatic. The 2011 has a precocious bouquet that has forgotten that this is supposed to be 2011 and not 2009: layers of sweet macerated dark cherries blueberry and minerals. One can really sense that Petit Verdot. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins on the entry. It has good acidity and weight firm grip towards the finish.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast, May 2014
This rich and perfumed wine has a significant proportion of Petit Verdot in the blend, giving great color and ripeness. The wine is soft and fruity with black currant flavors and a light tannic structure. Drink from 2017.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, January 2014
Shows good energy, with a lively, pebbly streak forming the spine, holding the red and black currant, lilac and iron notes together for now. Should unwind with cellaring, as the acidity is finely beaded and the fruit... Shows good energy, with a lively, pebbly streak forming the spine, holding the red and black currant, lilac and iron notes together for now. Should unwind with cellaring, as the acidity is finely beaded and the fruit pure. Best from 2016 through 2026. –JM
JJB 93
JJ Buckley, April 2012
48% merlot 37% cabernet sauvignon and 15% petit verdot. Chateau Palmer's second wine. Vines are grown on stony gravel soils with a planting density of 10000 vines per hectare. Aged for up to 17 months in oak with 25-40%... 48% merlot 37% cabernet sauvignon and 15% petit verdot. Chateau Palmer's second wine. Vines are grown on stony gravel soils with a planting density of 10000 vines per hectare. Aged for up to 17 months in oak with 25-40% new. Dense and concentrated ruby red color throughout. Additional emphasis on petit verdot in this vintage added tight fine tannins and restrained aromas of wild red berry followed with savory herbs leather and tar. As usual very soft on the palate presenting flavors of raspberry and blackberry liqueur transitioning to crushed earth and savory jerky. The finish is medium in length. Should age nicely over the medium term. One of the top second wines of the Left Bank. Enjoy 2015-2023.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2011
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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.