2012 Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux 1x75cl

2012 Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux 1x75cl

$155.00 Excl. GST
$168.95 Incl. GST
Chateau Palmer
Immediate, 6 in stock, Duty Paid

Producer Profile

Area under vines: 66 hectares
Soils: Gravel and sand
Average age of the vines: 38 years
Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha

First wine: Chateau Palmer
Production: 120 000 bottles a year
Ageing: in 45-60% new oak barrels for 24 months 
Grape varieties:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 47%
  • Merlot 47%
  • Petit Verdot 6%

Second wine: Alter Ego

Ageing: 25% to 40% new oak barrels
Grape varieties:

  • Merlot 51%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 40%
  • Petit Verdot 9%

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Tasting Notes

JancisRobinson.com 16+

Tasted blind. Deep crimson. Some mintiness and – at last! – character on the nose. Brawny, burly tannins but there is good fruit concentration too. [10/02/2022]

Anticipated maturity: 2020-2036

Vinous 92

The 2012 Alter Ego is unusually dark in this vintage, the result of abnormally low yields and very ripe Merlot. An exuberant, voluptuous wine, the 2012 hits the palate with a melange of black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice, tobacco and grilled herbs. There is more than enough tannin and acidity to support a good decade-plus of very fine drinking. This is a superb second wine that should be on consumers’ radar screens, as it over delivers, big time. The 2012s at Palmer are made from unusually low yields of around 28 hectoliters per hectare. One of the effects of the 2011 hailstorm that hit the estate was a lowering of the following year’s crop, which has resulted in rich, tannic wines. Estate Manager Thomas Duroux opted to give the 2012s more time in barrel than is customary and the wines were bottled in September 2014. [Antonio Galloni, 01/01/2016]

Anticipated maturity: 2016-2027

Robert Parker 93

Another brilliant example from administrator Thomas Duroux and his team, the intense second wine, Palmer’s 2012 Alter Ego (51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot), offers up plenty of blackberry and creme de cassis notes along with some spring flowers, licorice and subtle background oak. Opulently textured, full-bodied and stunning, this is an outrageously successful second wine to drink over the next 12-15 years. [Robert M. Parker, Jr., 24/03/2015]

Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030

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