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2010 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux

Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Hold on just a minute here. This is supposed to be the frivolous, charming, uncomplicated more fun, younger brother to the intense, brooding, yet dashing, elder sibling that is Ch. Palmer. Judging by this stunning, more serious, but not vaguely stern offering, someone had better mention these personality traits to the château, for what they have created this year is a replica of the Grand Vin. Beautifully fine tannins surround a mighty, meaty, focused core of fresh, ripe blackberries and red fruit, all dancing around your palate vying for your attention. It’s stunning and serious. Next year I don't mind which way this younger brother turns out, both are electric.
(49% Merlot, 51% Cabernet Sauvignon)
(Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director)Château Palmer


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 17.5/20 17/20 91/100 94 92 - 95/100
Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Fragrant wild violets nose, wonderful weight and texture, succulence and firmness, definitely not a 'second wine'.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 17.5/20 17/20 91/100 94 92 - 95/100
Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
49% Merlot, 51% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very dark purplish crimson. Markedly aromatic. Very lifted with a strong undertow. Racy and vibrant, just a little green note there and even orange peel. Great tension and even a little sucking-stone character. Much more structure than usual for Alter Ego. Certainly doesn’t taste hot. Alter Ego is still theoretically made specifically to be drunk young but 2010 presented a challenge to this philosophy! In a vintage like 2010, you cannot go against it Thomas Duroux. This tastes like a very smart wine off its own bat. A most unusual Alter Ego.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com 18 Apr 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 17.5/20 17/20 91/100 94 92 - 95/100
Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
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.
(91 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

Alter Ego de Palmer: For many of the classified growths in the Medoc, the quality of the second wines has soared over the last 5-6 years, and Alter Ego is no exception. The 2010 Alter Ego is the richest ever made. Relatively high in alcohol, this is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot. Thick and juicy, its black fruits intermixed with acacia flowers, camphor, and subtle smoky notes are followed by a plump, corpulent style of wine with loads of fruit, glycerin and texture.
(90-92 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 17.5/20 17/20 91/100 94 92 - 95/100
Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Velvety and inviting, with lovely dark plum and blackberry fruit, followed by a long, caressing finish. This has some grip too, but it's nicely integrated. Should have some staying power. Tasted non-blind.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Top Scoring Bordeaux 2010 – 31 Mar 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 17.5/20 17/20 91/100 94 92 - 95/100
Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Product: 7757
Maturity: Drink 2017-2030 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Margaux Map of the region
Producer: Château Palmer
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 17.5/20 17/20 91/100 94 92 - 95/100
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