Alter Ego de Chateau Palmer 2004

91+ points

Margaux, Bordeaux, France. 13%

I was first struck by the warm coffee-latte oak and suspected an opulent but perhaps open knit more commerical style, which I think is a perfectly acceptable style to go for in a 2nd wine. However, there is a good deal more to this wine than that. It’s study and deep, even somewhat severe. I worry that the tannins are a little green, but it’s early days to assess this.

The 2nd wines of the Bordeaux’s top producers do seem to be rather impressive. I’ve ignored them for years, yet they are quarter or even a 5th the price of their Grand Vin big brothers and they seem often competitive against similarly priced wines.



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