2019 Château Palmer & Alter Ego de PalmerTuesday, June 2
"...up there with the very best vintages of this estate. (98 pts) - Jane Anson
Released this morning at just £999 per case of six bottles, the 2019 Château Palmer could prove to be a superb buy from this campaign. Quality here has been nudging the First Growths for some years and we routinely find Palmer one of the most exciting wines to taste from cask.
We have not yet tasted cask samples but Jane Anson's 98 point score puts this in company with vintages like 2018, '16, '15 and '09. At a 31% price reduction on the 2018 and the 2016, the problem will be finding an allocation.
We have been similarly impressed by recent tastings of Alter Ego de Palmer, made in a more accessible style than Palmer, with a higher proportion of Merlot. This variety has been a success story in this vintage, which bodes very well indeed for Alter Ego.
No Alter Ego was released in 2018 due to the exceptionally small yields at Palmer, so this is a very welcome return. At £540 per dozen we think it is an excellent value wine at an affordable price for drinking, from one of the very best estates in Bordeaux. This is one occasion when we are happy to 'buy blind', based on our experience at this estate and all we have learnt about the 2019 vintage so far.
Château Palmer is offered on allocation. We have good availability of Alter Ego, so we recommend taking advantage of this excellent release.
2019 Château Palmer, Margaux Grand Cru Classé
"Iris and violet aromatics swirl out of the glass. In the mouth, things are velvet in texture and packed with concentrated cassis puree and blackberry fruit, gentle spice, soft charcoal and sappy tannins, with the whole thing just slowly slowly expanding and building through the palate, tightening its grip as it reaches the close of play. The Palmer signature of energy and precision is here in spades, and altogether the wine is both measured and elegant, with textbook floral Margaux character, while being extremely juicy, creamy and enjoyable, with a mouthwatering salinity on the finish - up there with the very best vintages of this estate. Low SO2, as has been the case for a few years now in line with biodynamic principles. Back to normal yield this year of (a very welcome I would imagine) 45hl/h. Harvest September 19 to October 19. 60% new oak, likely to be in barrels for the first year then large sized oak casks for the second year. 55% of overall production in the 1st wine. 98 Points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
2019 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
"Cinnamon spice on the nose, with a patisserie edge to the fruits that gives a rich, creamy impression. As ever with the Palmer stable of wines, you can pick out the individual flavours clearly, with careful and precise delineation of cassis, bilberry, slate and tobacco notes, but overall this is an outstanding Alter Ego that puts the emphasis on pleasure. Tannins are extremely precise but feathery and pliable. An extremely low 37ppm of SO2 at this stage, in keeping with biodynamic principles and a desire to let the fruit speak. 3.62ph. 45hl/h yield, 45% of overall production in Alter Ego. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
£540 per dozen bottles in bond
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.