2011 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux (1.5L)
A wine that shows excellent structure, with ripe fruit and soft, warm tannins. It has weight while retaining its crisp acidity and intense black-currant flavor.
This wine shows an inviting fruit with orangey acidity and a crispy finish. Juicy. So attractive already. This has a little more Petit Verdot in the blend. Gives it lively and interesting character.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(48% merlot, 37% cabernet sauvignon and 15% petit verdot): Fully saturated purple-ruby. Perfumed, sexy nose of fresh blackcurrant, cinnamon and aromatic herbs. Suave, dense and sweet, with ripe blackberry and cassis flavors complicated by bright minerality. This is the second time petit verdot was used in Alter Ego: director Thomas Duroux told me that because he found it less structured than usual this year but very aromatic, he thought it was ideal for the estate's second wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More approachable (it tips the scales at 13.2% alcohol), the 2011 Alter Ego de Palmer is composed of 48% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 15% Petit Verdot. Despite all of the latter varietal, the wine is velvety textured, pure and impressively endowed with a lovely fragrance. It should drink beautifully for 10-15+ years.
Shows good energy, with a lively, pebbly streak forming the spine, holding the red and black currant, lilac and iron notes together for now. Should unwind with cellaring, as the acidity is finely beaded and the fruit pure. Best from 2016 through 2026. (Web-2014)
*++ 48% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot.