2005 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Dark in color, with intense, very ripe aromas of raisin, tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with loads of ripe tannins, wonderful dried fruit character and a long, superfruity finish. A lovely second wine from Palmer. Best after 2014.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is another estate where the second wine has become better than the grand vin was 30 or 40 years ago. Administrator Thomas Duroux is especially proud of the 2005 Alter Ego de Palmer, which boasts abundant amounts of sweet berry fruit intermixed with notions of chocolate, charcoal, and black fruits. Soft tannins and a heady, opulent finish offer immediate appeal. Enjoy it over the next decade.
Wine & Spirits
A heady, rich black wine to drink now, this is soft and supple with dark plum flavor and a high-toned acidity that hints at peach. For braised lamb.
Juicy and soft, with red fruits and supple tannins. It is generous, with its jelly and berry fruits and fresh acidity.
93 points Neil Martin: "Tasted single blind at Southwold. Very lifted nose with clean black fruits, boysenberry with slight charred oak coming through. The palate has good fruit concentration, fine tannins, well balanced with a clean, slightly peppery, liquorices finish and layers of rounded black fruit. A lot of oak now, but it will meld in time. Drink 2012-2020. Tasted January 2009." (Wine Journal)