2015 Alter Ego de Château Palmer, Margaux

Reflecting the quality of its bigger brother, the second wine of Château Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot in 2015. It has a ripe nose with a lovely perfume, with supple tannins and crunchy fruit on the palate. Great balance completes the picture of this very impressive Margaux.

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  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    52% Merlot
    42% Cabernet Sauvignon
    6% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2030
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2015 Alter Ego de Château Palmer, Margaux


The 2015 Alter Ego is round, succulent and also a terrific introduction to the vintage. Raspberry jam, cinnamon, flowers and mint are all pushed forward. This is an especially succulent, juicy Margaux that is firing on all cylinders. Today, the 2015 gives the impression it will drink well with minimal cellaring, as its balance and overall harmony are first-rate. The blend is 52% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)

The 2015 Alter Ego de Palmer is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. It has a very open, ravishing, quite precocious bouquet with ripe black cherries, fresh dates and crème de cassis that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is more refined, reins it all back in thanks to quite tensile tannin, a crisp line of acidity, moderate depth in the mouth and a gentle grip. There is a touch of tarriness and cracked black pepper towards the finish with very good length. Give this 5-7 years in bottle.

Neal Martin, robertparker.com (April 2016)
Decanter (April 2016)

Very rich on the nose. Very sweet and with sufficient freshness. Very very round. Just on the right side of soupy - but you really have to drink this pretty young, I think.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)

Very solid and powerful with dried mushroom and wet earth aromas and flavors. Complex. Full and chewy yet so polished and long. Spicy, meat and gorgeous. Most serious Alter Ego ever. More inner Ego now!. 52% merlot, 41% cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot 6%.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
Château Palmer

Château Palmer is often touted as the only wine to rival Château Margaux within the commune of Margaux. Despite being classified as a Third Growth it is a wine which, according to wine critic Jancis Robinson ‘acutely expresses its origins.’ This fascinating estate was once part of Château d’Issan; it was sold in 1748 although it wasn’t until 1814 that Englishman Major General Charles Palmer bought the estate and put both significant investment, and his name, into it. His work saw the reputation of Palmer soar, but economical difficulties not only forced him to sell but also affected Château Palmer’s 1855 classification which was based on the price of wine at the time.

Palmer was bought out by a syndicate of Bordeaux négociants, and two of the four families remain major stakeholders. Since 2004, winemaker Thomas Duroux has been leading the estate, implementing biodynamic farming methods. Two wines are produced at Château Palmer, the Grand Vin and a second label - not a second wine - Alter Ego de Palmer, designed to be an earlier drinking blend made from the same terroir and grapes as Château Palmer.

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