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.
Bordeaux En Primeur, landing in spring 2023
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