2012 Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer

Year: 2012
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 92--Jeff Leve: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$69.95

"Shows good energy, with a lively savory note, a bright iron streak and enticing damson plum, black cherry and red currant fruit. Everything knits through the finish, suggesting this should be able to handle modest cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2020. 7,083 cases made.–JM " (WS)

"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 crème 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." (WA)

"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 mélange 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." (VM)

"This is amazing for the second wine with incredible white truffle, stone and currant character. Purity of fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, silky and refined. Fantastic length. Better in 2018 but almost impossible to resist now. Incredible." (JS)

"Initially densely tannic, this wine quickly reveals a more velvet character that is enhanced by the blackberry fruits. Over half the production at Palmer in 2012 was of this second wine, which is already finely integrated and developing well. Drink from 2020." (WE)

"Floral, earth and boysenberry aromas, with a forward, lush, open personality, ending with sweet, soft, dark, fresh red berries.91 points - Tasted May 15, 2015" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Chateau Palmer’s Second Wine, Alter Ego de Palmer, impresses with outstanding consistency which reflects subtle expressions of Margaux soils. The 2012 Alter Ego de Palmer is 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Petit Verdot.

The vintage displays an intense and superb dark hue. The nose reveals subtle fruity scents of spices and soil. The palate offers melting flavours of leather, dark berries, and raspberry. Tannins boast extraordinary finesse and lead to a long finish. Chateau Palmer presented a sumptuous medium-bodied, fleshy vintage from Margaux appellation.