2020 Alter Ego de Château Palmer, Margaux

Alter Ego is one of Bordeaux's most prized second wines, from biodynamically farmed Château Palmer in Margaux. 40% less quantity was released in 2020. It's a blend of 50% - Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% - Merlot, 4% - Petit Verdot in 2020.

Critic score
93/100
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£63.28
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
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£379.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon
    46% Merlot
    4% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2040
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Alter Ego de Château Palmer, Margaux

TASTING NOTES

Chocolate shavings and smoked coffee bean on the nose, it's a vintage where you can't get away from the tannins, but here they have sinew and juice, like the best translation of the tannins in the year. This has real purity of fruit (very low SO2 addition at Palmer), together with the gourmet touch that you want in Alter Ego. 45% of overall production. 3.73pH. Survived mildew better than in 2018 because of experience in dealing with the conditions. August 15 to 29 for the harvest. A yield of 31hl/ha.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
93/100

Very much in the Alter Ego mould – lively, fruit-driven with that vineyard-fresh feel but with a little more structure than previous years. Pure and appetising but will age.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
17+/820

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