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Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer 2009 1.5L

Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer 2009 1.5L


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The yield, at 34 hL/ha, was very close to that of the 2005 vintage. Although this very fine vintage gave us the leisure to harvest calmly, it caused our oenologists some anxiety! The grapes arrived in the winery at slightly higher temperatures than usual. The crops had to be cooled to make sure that the fermentation temperatures were well controlled. The extraordinary richness of the musts demanded constant monitoring by batch in order to precision-manage the extractions. These efforts were both encouraged and rewarded by the very high quality of the daily tastings: we were stunned by the freshness, density and finesse of the batches. This is a terroir vintage, in which each plot fully expresses its singularity and contributes thereby to blendings of very great complexity.
Category Red Wine
Region France, Bordeaux, Margaux
Brand Chateau Palmer
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateA second wine that has improved dramatically is the Alter Ego de Palmer. The 2009, a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, exhibits aromas of blackberries, cassis, chocolate, roasted espresso and a smoky/foresty note. This hedonistic, juicy, succulent Margaux is meant to be consumed in its first 10-15 years of life.

Robert Parker, February 2012
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThis rich and perfumed wine has a significant proportion of Petit Verdot in the blend, giving great color and ripeness. The wine is soft and fruity with black currant flavors and a light tannic structure. Drink from 2017.

Roger Voss, May 1, 2014
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorWell-sculpted, with enough concentration to the dark plum, maduro tobacco, anise and warm tar notes to merit some cellaring, but enough bright acidity and juicy briar hints to make this accessible now. Drink now through 2020. 7,500 cases made.

James Molesworth, 2012