2010 Alter Ego de Palmer



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Average critic rating : 92.05 points

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91

An equal-part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Alter Ego represents 50% of the crop at Palmer. It has been an interesting second wine to take note of ever since the first vintage in 1998. The 2010 displays loads of chocolaty espresso notes, with plenty of punch, glycerin and unctuosity as well as some tannin like its bigger sister, but it is clearly meant to be drinkable at a much earlier age. It will still require several years of cellaring and should last 12-15 years. ||There’s no question that Thomas Duroux and the staff at Palmer are producing wines of first-growth quality, and have been for nearly a decade. Wine Advocate.February, 2013

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90-92

Delivering 3.55pH with 14.4 % alcohol, a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot, this has a very tightly wound bouquet with dark cherries, cassis and a touch of liquorice. There is a very fine sense of definition at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with sturdy, firm tannins, layers of mocha-tinged dark berried fruit leading to a structured, quite spicy finish with gentle but insistent grip. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com

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91-92

Floral and blackberry and currant. Full to medium body. Round and velvety with chocolate and nuts. A firm and structured Alter Ego. jamessuckling.com

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92-95

Velvety and inviting, with lovely dark plum and blackberry fruit, followed by a long, caressing finish. This has some grip too, but it's nicely integrated. Should have some staying power. Tasted non-blind. James Molseworth, winespectator.com

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17

49% Merlot, 51% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very dark purplish crimson. Markedly aromatic. Very lifted with a strong undertow. Racy and vibrant, just a little green note there and even orange peel. Great tension and even a little sucking-stone character. Much more structure than usual for Alter Ego. Certainly doesn’t taste hot. Alter Ego is still theoretically made specifically to be drunk young but 2010 presented a challenge to this philosophy! ‘In a vintage like 2010, you cannot go against it,’ Thomas Duroux. This tastes like a very smart wine off its own bat. A most unusual Alter Ego. pH 3.55. 14.4% jancisrobinson.com

17.5

17.5

Fragrant wild violets nose, wonderful weight and texture, succulence and firmness, definitely not a 'second wine'. Drink 2015-25. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

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18

The 2009 Alter Ego was very rich and forward. Consisting of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, with alcohol at 14.4%, the 2010 is just as good, very tannic, with freshness, ripe fruits and a complete construction. It could be drunk in 5-8 years and long after.

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91-93

Alter Ego 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot produce a blend that offers blackberry, floral, cassis and bitter chocolate aromas. Powerful for Alter Ego, the wine ends with a smooth, fresh, refined finish. While the wine reached 14.4, there is no sensation of heat. winecellarinsider.com

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90-92

The deep ruby purple 2010 Alter Ego de Palmer has a lovely perfume of bright fruits with blackberries, blueberries, cedar and violets, and is rich and seductive on the palate, filled with juicy berries and supported by fairly high (14.4%) alcohol. A blend of 51% Cabernet and 49% Merlot, this is one of the most concentrated Alter Egos ever. asianpalate.com

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17

Very little on the nose but the palate is loaded with cherries and dark chocolate - it's also very fresh. This is a powerful Alter Ego which will be charming in 5+ years



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