Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer 2016

Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer 2016

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During a stagecoach rise across France, Marie Brunet de Feiere agreed to sell her Domaine de Gasq to Charles Palmer, a Lieutenant in the British Army. Charles spent the next 30 years enlarging the estate. In 1843 Charles sold the estate to the Pereire family. In 1856, they picturesque chateau that adorns the label was built. In 1938, the Chateau was sold to a group of 4 families. Over the next few years, the Mahler Besse and Sichel families purchased all the shares of the other 2 families. Currently there are 22 shareholders of Chateau Palmer.

Chateau Palmer is 66 hectares and is planted with 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. The vines average 38 years of age. All Cabernet Franc has been removed from the vineyards even though some of the vineyards were over 70 years old. Chateau Palmer was certified as 100% Bio dynamic in 2017. One of the most interesting experiments at Chateau Palmer is the use of sound wave machines that emit vibrations and tones for grape development.
Wine Advocate: 91
The 2016 Alter Ego de Palmer is a blend of 40% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot this year (a little less Merlot than usual). That exuberant Merlot drives the aromatics along, almost citrus-like with scents of blood orange and blueberries soaring from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin on the entry, quite sharp acidity at first, quite structured for an Alter Ego with a grippy finish. I think the new oak will bind this together, this sample coming from a used barrel.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
This perfumed wine has a high percentage of ripe Petit Verdot that gives extra structure to the generous fruit core. The acidity is intense, complementing the delicious black-cherry fruitiness. It's an exuberant, but balanced, wine.
Vinous: 93
The 2016 Alter Ego represents a fairly big departure is style from what has been the norm in recent vintages. Bright red stone fruit, tobacco, flowers and herbs. The combination of less Merlot and naturally lower alcohol are among the factors that have contributed to an especially silky, perfumed Alter Ego built on considerable finesse.
James Suckling: 96
This is very concentrated yet soft and fresh in texture. Full-bodied and round and mouth-filling. So impressive how it fills your mouth yet remains fresh. Its so framed.