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Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux 1.50L 2005
Sku: 1803454*
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Critics Ratings:       (3)
Product Information
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Haut Medoc
Appellation: Margaux
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
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Wine Advocate 90 points - This is another estate where the second wine has become better than the grand vin was 30 or 40 years ago. Administrator Thomas Duroux is especially proud of the 2005 Alter Ego de Palmer, which boasts abundant amounts of sweet berry fruit intermixed with notions of chocolate, charcoal, and black fruits. Soft tannins and a heady, opulent finish offer immediate appeal. Enjoy it over the next decade.  (Apr 2008)

Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2004 Cesar Principe exhibits less brettanomyces than the 2001 with tart red fruit, kirsch, a little eau-de-vie, potpourri and spice. The palate has a structured entry with mouth-gripping tannins. It is a little dry in the mouth because of its age, although there is clearly plenty of degraded red and black fruit here that lend it more substance than older vintages. The finish is just a little conservative, but this continues to offer drinking pleasure. Drink now-2015. ”  (Apr 2013)

Wine Advocate 89 points - Purely seductive in its personality, this blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Sauvignon displays silky tannins and a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, with plenty of wood smoke, creme de cassis, and sweet, foresty notes. It is round, generous and irresistible. Drink it over the next decade.” (May 2011)

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Wine maker notes
Palmer and its Alter Ego are two nuanced expressions of the Chateau Palmer terroir, two interpretations of the variations offered by the climatic conditions of the vintage. These variations can be likened, in music, to symphonic pieces and their jazz adaptations, in the visual arts, to a classic painting and a contemporary rendering of the same subject, and, in literature, to an epic narrative in alexandrine verse and a prose poem. Alter Ego was born with the 1998 vintage. It resulted from a new approach to selecting and blending devised to interpret the Chateau Palmer terroir differently without departing from the values that make the reputation of our wines namely, finesse and elegance, aromatic richness, harmony and length. Offering intense, crispy and juicy fruits, Alter Ego is a spontaneous uninhibited wine, soft and round as soon as it has finished barrel ageing. Its lush aromas and supple tannins make it a wine that can be appreciated in the first years after bottling. At the end of the summer, the slowly maturing berries are regularly tasted to evaluate their potential. We pay attention to the taste of the grape, the thickness of the skin, and the resistance of the seed. By this time we already have a sense of what the wines will be like. We are looking for lush grapes for Alter Ego that will release the aromas of fresh fruit. Harvesting and vinification decisions are made based on the idea that we have of the Chateau Palmer and Alter Ego style. Final blend tastings usually come to confirm our intuitions. The batches chosen for Alter Ego are then blended and put into barrels to age for 18 months. The fruitiness and aromatic intensity are preserved by the use of a moderate percentage of new oak barrels (25 to 40%).

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