Alter Ego de Palmer 2009
Tasting Notes and Scores
A second wine that has improved dramatically is the Alter Ego de Palmer. The 2009, a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, exhibits aromas of blackberries, cassis, chocolate, roasted espresso and a smoky/foresty note. This hedonistic, juicy, succulent Margaux is meant to be consumed in its first 10-15 years of life. Drink 2012-2017.
91 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #199, Feb 2012)
The delicious 2009 Alter Ego de Palmer (an equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) could have been drunk when I tasted it. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by smoky blackberry and black currant fruit notes, and a silky smooth, expansive, hedonistic, pleasure-filled wine that should drink well for a decade. Drink 2010-2020.
90-92 points – Robet Parker (Wine Advocate #188, April 2010)
Tasted at the chateau. A lucid purple colour. A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 51% Merlot, I do not even need to approach the glass to nose this wine. Just under 13.7% alcohol. A sense of controlled opulence here, black plum, a touch of cassis and bilberry, the oak just a little dominant at the moment but that will subsume itself into the wine with time. The palate is full-bodied with seamless tannins, a typically plush, approachable Alter Ego with black cherry, a hint of thyme and white fennel, gentle but insistent grip towards the finish.
91-93 points – March 2010
[49CS/51M] Soft, freshly sweet nose; medium full, concentrated fruit core within a very fine, graceful tannin; supple yet fresh, beautifully defined; mineral backed ripe blackberry fruit, long in flavour and with a lovely complexity for the second wine; very Margaux, lovely length. Quite delicious, will make an early drinkable wine, but a beautiful mature bottle. 2016-28
What a second wine. This is so delicious with a dense palate and beautiful yet friendly structure. Velvety tannins coat your mouth but it is the savory fruit that brings you back for more. Love the chocolate and coffee undertones. Better in 2016 but beautiful now.
Ruby-red. Precise aromas of red cherry, blackcurrant, cocoa and minerals. Bright and fresh in the mouth, with luscious flavors of red and black berries. Finishes clean and long, with an obviously inky/flinty note and mounting tannins that will need some time to resolve fully. A very successful Alter Ego.
88-91 points – Ian D'Agata (vinous.com, May 2010)