2021 Alter Ego de Palmer (Margaux)

48% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Merlot/12% Petit Verdot. Unusually, Alter Ego is majority Cabernet Sauvignon in 2021, which in turn has brought a darker fruit profile. Cassis and leather and pencil shavings, with a fresh and silky texture in the mouth. Powerful but not weighty, glossy and refined. Very attractive. (NT 25/05/22)
Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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91-93 points, William Kelley, robertparker.com, April 2022
93 points, Jane Anson, janeanson.com, April 2022
92 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2023
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2021 Alter Ego de Palmer (Margaux)

Media Reviews

William Kelley

The 2021 Alter Ego de Palmer is a somewhat unusual blend, in that it`s fully 60% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, the estate`s Merlot having suffered in the April frosts. Exhibiting aromas of cherries, sweet berries and plums mingled wit hints of spices and pencil shavings, it`s medium to full-bodied, ample and polished, with a charming, seamless profile founded on beautifully refined structuring tannins. Tasted twice. 91-93 points

Jane Anson

Deep plum in colour, with silky cassis and plum fruits on the attack. This is savoury, with sappy acidity that is mouthwatering rather than biting. This isn`t exuberant and doesnt have huge flesh to the fruit, but it is a truly enjoyable and engaging wine that is one of the `2nds` of the vintage. More black fruit in this than the Palmer in many ways. Higher Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than usual after frost affected the Merlot, giving it more of a classical Margaux balance than you find in most vintages of Alter Ego, which tends to be generous. 3.76ph. 93 points

Neal Martin

The 2021 Alter Ego, which contains slightly more Cabernet than usual and was bottled in late July, has manifested a little more composure on the nose since tasting it from barrel: black fruit, touches of melted tar and that background scent of shucked oyster shell. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, yet there is backbone and a mineral-driven finish behind this Alter Ego. Impressive in terms of persistence, don`t be afraid to tuck this away in your cellar for three or four years. 92 points

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