Alter Ego de Palmer 2014

RegionBordeaux
SubregionMargaux
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Alter Ego de Palmer has quite a feisty, vivacious bouquet with red cherries, crushed strawberry and peppermint scents bounding from the glass. There is just a little warmth here that detracts from its delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, crisp and taut with good acidity, spicy with clove and white pepper, leading to a cohesive and quite persistent finish. There is good potential in this Margaux but it will need time. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2040

Score: 91Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

The Alter Ego de Palmer 2014 is a blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot. It has an opulent, glossy bouquet with layers of small dark cherries and plenty of glycerin. The palate is more reserved than the bouquet suggests: saturated tannins, a little chewiness on the entry but suppler towards the finish. It feels very linear in keeping with the style of the vintage, the finish a little sweet than its peers with a dab of licorice on the aftertaste. Drink: 2019 - 2035.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

Aromas of spices and earth with mushrooms. Dark fruit. Full-bodied, dense and rich with earth and spices. A beauty. Soft and juicy. Savory yet exotic. From biodynamically grown grapes. First year. Drink or hold.

Score: 93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

Vibrant and fruity with currant, blueberry and spice character. Full yet tight with tension and brightness. Very velvety tannins. Sexy already

Score: 92/93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2015

The 2014 Alter Ego is dark, inviting and impeccably balanced. Black cherry, plum, espresso, spice and new leather meld together in a sumptuous, midweight wine. The relatively high %age of Petit Verdot results in a somewhat somber, very serious second wine that carries a feeling of gravitas. The 2014 is 52 % Merlot, 32 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 13 % Petit Verdot.

Score: 92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

Tasted blind. Serious, complex wine with layers and ambition. Real edge to this. Hint of mint but also floral perfume and some interesting persistence. Slightly salty.
Drink 2024-2044

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

Very bright crimson. Certainly straightforward and very directly fruity on the nose. Noticeable acidity on the palate. Very fresh red cherry flavours and not that dense. Good finish. 13.4% Drink 2019-2025

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015

This is the second wine of Chateau Palmer and always very smooth and supple thanks to a high proportion of Merlot in the blend. 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, with 20% new oak. 100% biodynamic for the first time in 2014. Deep ruby colour. Plums, nutmeg, sweet spice and cherries on the nose, which is gorgeously perfumed. Silky entry, with a plush red fruit core. Really pretty, light, fresh, crunchy and elegant. Fresh acidity with soft and refined tannins. Very forward and easy going, with a long finish. Well made.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, March 2015

This has a lively feel, with light bramble, bay and wet pebble notes scattered around the core of cassis and black cherry fruit. Everything knits well through the finish. Needs just a touch of cellaring to round into form. Best from 2018 through 2026.

Score: 90James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

The nose has all the fragrances of woodland violets the start of the palate fresh bilberries and bramble. Richer in the middle well handled tannins there is the feel of balance and harmony. Fresher at the back the mix of black and red fruits lingers on the finish. 2025-36

Score: 89/91Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Alter Ego claimed 45% of the production at Château Palmer in 2014 and contained the highest percentage of Petit Verdot ever. The result is subtle and silky with leafy aromatics, good structure and backbone and graceful, appealingly layered fruit flavours of cassis and red cherry. An impressive second wine.

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015

Score: 90+Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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