Released en primeur this morning, 2020 Alter Ego de Palmer is successfully escaping the surly bonds of being thought of as a 'second wine' to Palmer. This is not just a matter of good marketing, as Alter Ego comes from its own, separate vineyards. With a higher Merlot content than in the grand vin, it often strikes us as more forward than Palmer, but not so far from it in terms of seriousness and complexity. Not surprising, perhaps, that Merlot is taken very seriously here, with Thomas Ducloux in charge since 2004 (formerly winemaker at Ornellaia).
The bad news is that volumes are down by almost 40% in 2020. Mildew was a problem once again, as in 2018, but once again the estate stuck to their biodynamic guns and thinned the crop, rather than resort to chemical treatments. The good news is that they have produced a superb wine as a result. Stock is very limited, do please let us know straight away if you would like to order.
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2020 / / 75cl
£606 per case of 12
Tasting Notes“50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Very much in the Alter Ego mould – lively, fruit-driven with that vineyard-fresh feel but with a little more structure than previous years. Pure and appetising but will age. 13.7%. Drink 2026 – 2035. 17 + points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Chocolate shavings and smoked coffee bean on the nose, it's a vintage where you can't get away from the tannins, but here they have sinew and juice, like the best translation of the tannins in the year. This has real purity of fruit (very low SO2 addition at Palmer), together with the gourmet touch that you want in Alter Ego. 45% of overall production. 3.73pH. Survived mildew better than in 2018 because of experience in dealing with the conditions. August 15 to 29 for the harvest. A yield of 31hl/ha. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine