Château Palmer, Alter Ego de Palmer 2012
Even though it was only introduced by Château Palmer in 1998, the distinctive reverse black-and-gold label is surely one of the best known in Bordeaux. But the real success of Alter Ego has come in its consistently excellent quality.
It’s hard to go wrong with the vintages, although prices are steep, with recent years coming in at above £550 for a case of 12 (in bond) at most UK merchants. The 2012 is a wonderful example of why this wine is so good. It has all the lush exoticism and fine tannic structure of Palmer, but with a softness and crème de cassis, dense fruitiness (it is 52% Merlot) that makes it drinkable now and for the next 10 to 15 years.
Taster: Jane Anson
Previously tasted by: Steven Spurrier, April 2013
Superb colour, dense, spicy, quite succulent black fruits, powerfully elegant with Cabernet building on the finish.
Superb colour, dense, spicy, quite succulent black fruits, powerfully elegant with Cabernet building on the finish