Alter Ego de Palmer is a red wine produced in the Margaux appellation. The vineyard covers an area of 66 hectares and is planted on soil that is mostly gravel. Alter Ego is aged in barrels (50% are new), for 18-21 months. 2016 is a beautiful blend of Merlot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (48%) and Petit Verdot (12%).
Winter was initially mild, with buds breaking a week earlier than usual. In the spring, cool and humid temperatures slowed down the development of the wine and is ideal for mildew. Despite complicated weather conditions, flowering occurred in June. Heat and droughts in July August raised questions of a halt in development, but rain on September 13th made it possible to complete development. Harvest occurred on October 3-18.
Alter Ego 2016 de Palmer has extremely ripe and powerful tannins. It is a fantastically well-balanced, beautifully structured tannins. An incredibly velvety wine, it is a standout representation of Chateau Palmer. To be consumed now until 2025-2030.