2011 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux (1.5L)
This is classy for the vintage, with beautifully crafted tannins and focused, pure fruit. Currants and blackberries. Full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. Second wine of Palmer. Best second wine of the vintage? Better in 2019.
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.
This rich and perfumed wine has a significant proportion of Petit Verdot in the blend, giving great color and ripeness. The wine is soft and fruity with black currant flavors and a light tannic structure. Drink from 2017.
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)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The draconian selection process has resulted in a delicious second wine, the 2011 Alter Ego de Palmer. It boasts plenty of plum, black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of vanillin and earth. Medium-bodied and supple, it can be drunk early on, but should evolve for 15 or more years. Drink now-2020. (RP)