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Château Palmer ALTER EGO

Château Palmer ALTER EGO Margaux

France
REGION
Bordeaux
SIZE
75cl
ABV
14%
VINTAGE
2012
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Grape Varieties: 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot
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TASTE
An elegant, medium-bodied Alter Ego, showing expressive dark fruit character – particularly blackberry and blueberry – with a complex, supple palate. Deep dark garnet. Elegant perfumed nose. Ripe red fruits on the nose. Soft & elegant. Tannins are still robust. Young red fruits on the palate, will age gracefully. 

JANCIS - 18% press wine, pH 3.65. Quite strong leafy Cabernet aromas, but lovely freshness and round tannins. Is this like Palmer of old? I don’t think I would guess this was majority Merlot...Just slightly green on the end. 13.4%
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, 22 Apr 2013

PARKER - The second wine, which has gone from strength to strength over recent years, the 2012 Alter Ego de Palmer, is a blend of 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot. Spicy and earthy, displaying notes of new saddle leather, roasted herbs and meaty barbecue, it is a medium-bodied, fleshy, attractive wine to drink over the next 10-12 years.

WS - Offers notes of smoke, roasted herb and cassis bush, with solid plum fruit. Shows grace on the palate, delivering dark, silky fruit and caressing tannins lined with an iron edge. Tasted non-blind.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, April 8 2013

DECANTER - Superb colour, dense, spicy, quite succulent black fruits, powerfully elegant with Cabernet building on the finish.
Steven Spurrier, Decanter, April 2013

FOOD PAIRING 
Beef, Lamb, Game (deer, venison), Poultry

PRODUCER
Château Palmer’s wines. Its words. Different expressions of a single terroir, born of a common philosophy. Homages to a natural environment and to the traditions of an estate, over time they begin to resonate. Not with power, but with finesse, with elegance. With age, grand crus, the words of Château Palmer, take on ever greater meanings

Today.
Consecration. Since 1938, Château Palmer has distinguished itself as one of Bordeaux’s leading grand crus. In less than a century, four families have helped to drive the estate towards international recognition. Today, two have remained to lead it into a new era. The Mähler-Besse family, originally from the Netherlands, made its name in the textile and wine business. The Sichel family specialized in the distribution of fine wines in the UK, France and Germany. Together, their descendants rebuilt the estate after the Second World War, and brought into the world a number of exceptional vintages, including the legendary 1961. They have now entrusted the direction of Château Palmer to Thomas Duroux, but continue to ensure the estate evolves sustainably, attentive to the world that surrounds it.

VINEYARD
The terroir. Behind every great wine is a great terroir. Château Palmer’s has a natural logic: a long strip of land set between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde estuary. Behind the alluvial land of the palus sits the Brauzes plateau, the first gravelly terrace. This is well-drained land, rich with the deposits of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, but washed clean of organic matter.

Difficult soil for agriculture, but exceptional for grape growing. Yet the vines still need help to fulfil their potential. So the men and women of Château Palmer carefully prune leaf and shoot to create a natural balance, channeling the plant's vitality towards something greater – producing the finest possible grapes. What more natural expression for an age-old vine, its roots reaching deep into difficult soils, guided by a sensitive hand? Such is a demanding terroir.


WINERY
The Vat Room. Fifty-four conical vats stand in alignment. Here, parcel by parcel, variety by variety, the freshly harvested grapes, their skin, seeds and juice intact, will arrive after sorting and pressing to begin their fermentation. It’s a pursuit of precision, enabling the expression of every nuance of each terroir.

The Tasting Room. A space as sparse as it is charged with emotions. Here, during numerous blending sessions, the outlines of each vintage are drawn. One by one the lots are tasted and classed, ready to be used – or not – in Palmer or in Alter Ego. Little by little, the blend is refined until, at last, emerging complete.

 

 

 

 

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 14%
Awards Winner
Closure Cork
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Merlot Blend
Vintage 2012
Location
Country France
Region Bordeaux
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