Alter Ego de Palmer 2021

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Tasting Notes and Scores

91-93+

Bordeaux Index

Fine red and black fruits, touch of fresh tobacco, fine herbs, floral perfume. Some wet gravel there too. Immediate sweetness in the palate, fine but firm tannins, fanning out into a very pleasant, balanced mid palate with some nice drive and concentration. Lovely pretty fruit, and an impressive finish.
April 2022

91-93

Wine Advocate

The 2021 Alter Ego de Palmer is a somewhat unusual blend, in that it's fully 60% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, the estate's Merlot having suffered in the April frosts. Exhibiting aromas of cherries, sweet berries and plums mingled wit hints of spices and pencil shavings, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and polished, with a charming, seamless profile founded on beautifully refined structuring tannins. Tasted twice.
William Kelley, April 2022

90-92

Neal Martin

The 2021 Alter Ego has quite a penetrating bouquet with an accentuated marine/oyster shell aspect that combines with the vivid blue and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit, certainly a more structured Alter Ego than usual with a fine line of acidity and graphite/cedar notes furnishing the finish. This will require some bottle age, but it should mature extremely well.
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022

16.5

Jancis Robinson

Less Merlot than usual due to mildew and frost. Attractive nose with dark-fruit and floral notes. Expressive fruit on the palate, lively and fresh with a refined texture. Tannins present but rounded. Finishes on a dry, chalky note. (JL) 13%
Drink 2027 – 2036
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022

92-94

Antonio Galloni

Palmer's 2021 Alter Ego is fabulous. Dense and rich in the glass, with positively explosive energy, the 2021 dazzles from start to finish. A rush of dark cherry, plum, spice, blood orange, menthol and licorice infuses the palate with tremendous intensity. Hints of rose petal and pomegranate appear later to round things out. The 2021 possesses tremendous textural richness that is evident from the very first taste. The aromatics alone are especially present today.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022

93

Jane Anson

Deep plum in colour, with silky cassis and plum fruits on the attack. This is savoury, with sappy acidity that is mouthwatering rather than biting. This isn't exuberant and doesnt have huge flesh to the fruit, but it is a truly enjoyable and engaging wine that is one of the '2nds' of the vintage. More black fruit in this than the Palmer in many ways. Higher Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than usual after frost affected the Merlot, giving it more of a classical Margaux balance than you find in most vintages of Alter Ego, which tends to be generous. 3.76ph.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022