2011 Palmer Alter Ego
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WE 93
  • WS 92
  • NM 92
  • JS 91

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2012
A wine that shows excellent structure with ripe fruit and soft warm tannins. It has weight while retaining its crisp acidity and intense black-currant flavor. R.V.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
Taut but sappy with lots of white pepper and kirsch flavors and a chalky energy on the tightly wound finish. Tasted non-blind.-J.M.
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
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:... 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.
JS 91
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2012
This wine shows an inviting fruit with orangey acidity and a crispy finish. Juicy. So attractive already. This has a little more Petit Verdot in the blend. Gives it lively and interesting character. Second wine of Palmer.
JJB 93
Alex Lallos - 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

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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.