Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer 2010

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Alter Ego is the second label of 3rd Growth superstar Château Palmer. Planted to 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, with an average vine age of 35 years, the estate is known for producing one of Bordeaux's most compelling wines in the aromatics as well as in the ability to put forth a rich, compelling, traditional wine. Alter Ego is typically made from the younger vines of the estate, and provides a stunningly good deal in great vintages.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Margaux
Brand Chateau Palmer
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastThe second wine of Château Palmer is a rich, floral, smooth and perfumed wine. It has layers of dark plums and almost sweet acidity, with tannins that are buried in the voluptuous palate. The finish shows intense black currant acidity.

Roger Voss, May 1, 2013
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorOffers a tarry frame melded to a core of plum sauce, tobacco and dark currant preserves. Fleshy and broad, with a good charcoal spine for freshness. Approachable now, but should improve with cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2025.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2013
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateAn 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.

Robert Parker, February 2013