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Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux 2023

Alter Ego is one of Bordeaux's most prized second wines, from biodynamically farmed Château Palmer. This second wine has created a serious name for itself, indeed Alter Ego de Palmer is created to... be as equally terroir-driven and expressive as the Grand Vin. A wonderful left bank wine - Alter Ego is more approachable in youth comparatively with Palmer and represents exceptional value for money. A case of the Grand Vin and this exceptional Alter Ego would make brilliant 2023 additions to wine holdings. In 2023 there will be 11000 cases of Palmer and 5500 of Alter Ego. The yield was 32 hl/ha. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Maturation in 50% new oak. Alcohol 13.9% "This is dense and velvety with a creamy texture. Blackberry, blueberry and stone aromas and flavors. Layered. Very primary and focused. 53% cabernet sauvignon, 43% merlot and 4% petit verdot." 95-96 points, James Suckling "The 2023 Alter Ego is plump, juicy and super-expressive. Soft, silky tannins enshroud a core of plum, red cherry, spice, menthol and mocha. All the elements are so nicely balanced. A burst of red-toned fruit and spice lingers on a finish lifted by bright acids. This is such a sensual Alter Ego." 93-95 points, Antonio Galloni "Wafting from the glass with pure aromas of cherries, berries, plums and potpourri, the 2023 Alter Ego de Palmer is medium to full-bodied, bright and vibrant, with a vigorous core of fruit framed by supple tannins. It's a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot." 92-94 points, William Kelley "The 2023 Alter Ego represents one-third of the crop, coming exclusively from gravel soil and picked at 32hL/ha. It displays a very deep purple hue. The bouquet is notably opulent, with the Merlot very expressive and shaping the aromatics at the moment. Hints of cassis and violets lurk beneath, perhaps needing a little more delineation. The palate is actually cut from a slightly different cloth, more restrained and a touch spicier than expected. Graphite and tobacco emerge toward the finish, as if the reins have been passed over to the Cabernet component. This will be fascinating to revisit in bottle—I would just like to see more aromatic composure." 92-94 points, Neal Martin "Vivid ruby plum colour, great depth of flavour, balancing spiced plum, fennel, rosemary and anis with juicy blackberry and damson fruit, all delivered with a caress of floral aromatics and well-paced momentum. The August and early September heat waves meant lost yield but higher concentration, and this is a structured Alter Ego that stretches out through the palate, with a kick on the finish. September 11 harvest through to October 5, 25% new oak for ageing." 93 points, Jane Anson
Pack Size: 6x75cl£354 (In Bond)
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