Robert Parker 93P
Blended of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Alter Ego de Palmer opens with beautifully expressive notes of black cherries, fresh blackberries and redcurrants plus suggestions of menthol, dark chocolate, cloves and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied with a rich mid-palate and stacks of exuberant black and red fruits, it has a velvety texture and fantastically long finish.
“We had 2009 and 2010, we’ll have 2015 and 2016,” Palmer’s CEO Thomas Duroux told me, alluding to the comparisons being made throughout Bordeaux to the last great pair of vintages. “But of course,” he added, “they are two very different expressions.” There was some mildew pressure at Palmer in 2016, which is a larger problem at organic/biodynamically managed estates such as this. Subsequently, the crop was a relatively modest 29 hectoliters per hectare, down from an average of say 35 hectoliters per hectare. “It was a milder summer, not too much heat,” Duroux further observed. “So there was not too much alcohol this year and nothing jammy.”
Første årgang fra Palmer af deres 2. vin var 1998 hvor man ønskede at fremvise en mere tilgængelig side af Château Palmer uden finesse og elegance blev marginaliseret.
Fra og med 2014 var arbejdet i vinmarken 100% økologisk. I næsen finder du en overdådig bouquet af viol, mørke kirsebær og brombær tilført det klassiske lag af vanilje og espressobønner og lakrids. Mellemfyldig, rig og næsten eksotisk men stadig rank og frisk med behersket tannin..