Alter Ego > 2000

Pleasure and ageing potential
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Characteristics of the vintage

After an unusually warm, wet spring flowering was quick. Mid-flowering took place on June 2nd .

The weather at the beginning of July turned cool and damp, but warm, dry weather set in the second half of July and it continued into August and September. Véraison took place at the beginning of August (August 6th marked the mid-point). There was a significant lack of rain (-65%) in late summer, which resulted in vine stress. Measurements taken just before picking began, indicated that although the sugar levels were good, they were below the record year of 1999. However, the conditions of obtaining phenolic maturity were perfect, especially for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are harvested last. Physical examination of the skins showed them to be ripe, thick and deeply coloured.

The harvest took place under good weather conditions which allowed each plot of vines to be picked at optimum maturity.

Once in vat, the outstanding quality of the grapes was confirmed. During the first few days of fermentation, the colour of the must was almost black and intensely aromatic, filling the vat house with aromas of ripe, black fruits. After 20 days maceration, measurements showed the phenolic compound levels to be high (between 70-80) but not a threat to the balance of the wine.

Harvest dates: from 09/21/2000 to 10/07/2000


Merlot: 67%
Cabernet Sauvignon: 33%

Ageing potential

2020. To drink now.


From the color, the vintage divulges its secrets: garnet-colored with a deep garnet edge.
As the curtain opens, a rich aromatic palate seduces us: beginning with jammy black fruits (blueberries, sour cherries, and blackberries), followed closely by spices (vanilla, cinnamon, white pepper), bright tobacco, leather, mocha, moss and subtle touches of truffle.

This is all confirmed in the attack: an explosion of perfectly ripe fruit supported by a silky set of tannins and a lovely freshness. The wine expands without restraint and charms with measured power, mellowness and impeccable tenacity. Although rich, it remains harmonious, distinguished and extremely flavorful.

The great vintage and the Margaux terroir are two of the many blessed components that we find in this bottle. A great wine. It can be easily conserved until 2025 in a good cellar.

Press Review

Decanter, Alex HUNT, 01/01/2007
« Richly Floral, black fruit aromas. Full, exotic, oaky. Needs time to integrate but very promising.  », Michael Apstein, 03/01/2006
« No surprise that we see excellence here, given the vintage. Supple and succulent, this is more opulent than the 1999 Alter Ego.  »

Der Feinschmecker, Ul. Sautter, 03/01/2003
« Ein "Nasenwein". Wunderbar süsse Würze: Vanille, Cassis, Brombeere, Schwarzkirschen und Kuvertüre, auch Noten von Pomeranze - fast wie ein Rioja. Am Gaumen zeigt " Alter Ego" viel Balance, Eleganz, Harmonie, Schmelz. "Vornehm", liest man in einer Notiz. Der Gerbstoff ist samten, der Abgang saftig.  »

Vintage International, 03/01/2003
« Epicé, fruit noir, bouche soyeuse, très dense, riche. Très prometteur, vin équilibré, structure parfaite »

La Revue du Vin de France, Pierre Casamayor, 02/01/2002
« Belle robe brillante. Nez de fines épices, mûr, avec un boisé discret. La bouche a du volume et de la maturité. Style plus en rondeur que Palmer, avec beaucoup d'expression aromatique et une trame satinée, aux tanins lissés. Finale bien allongée, avec de l'éclat.  »

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, 02/01/2002
« Comme dans plusieurs autres propriétés du Bordelais, le second vin ne sert plus ici à caser les lots n'entrant pas dans la composition du grand vin. Il s'agit plutôt d'élaborer un cru reflétant les caractéristiques, le terroir et la qualité du frère aîné. L'Alter Ego de Palmer s'impose comme l'un des meilleurs seconds vins de son appellation. Composé aux deux tiers de merlot et pour le reste de Cabernet sauvignon, le 2000 est dense et souple, tout à la fois mûr, doux et persistant.  »

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, 02/01/2002
« Palmer's second wine, the 2000 Alter Ego exhibits plenty of plump, fat, fleshy fruit, medium to full body, and an accessible style.  »

Decanter, 07/01/2001
« Very fine, deep colour that sticks to the glass. Good solid blackcurrent fruit, slightly smoky, very well balanced and very good length  »

Wine Magazine, 07/01/2001
« Bright, rasberry fruit aroma, with smooth tannins and lively fruit. Good rasberry perfume on finish.  »

La Revue du Vin de France, 06/01/2001
« Nous avons beaucoup aimé.
Nez élégant, de confiture de mûre, cacaoté ; bouche fruitée, avec un joli grain, du gras et une finale fraîche et longue.

La Barrique, La Barrique, 05/01/2001
« De couleur cerise noire. nez très fumé et boisé, effluve végétal. Bonne matière, vin coulant, longeur moyenne. A boire assez rapidement. »

Vinifera, Jacques Perrin, 05/01/2001
« 67% Merlot – 33% Cabernet Sauvignon.
L'Alter Ego qui, comme son nom l'indique, se veut un autre vin de Palmer, représente 40% de la production totale.
Robe bordeaux. Le nez se cantonne dans le registre des fruits rouges avec une trace végétale. Attaque souple, milieu de bouche tendre puis la structure se raffermit un peu et la trame, finement découpée, apparaît. Jolis tannins doux et juteux.

Carnets de dégustation, Jean-Marc Quarin, 04/01/2001
« Couleur : Rouge. Bordeaux. Pourpre. Belle.
1er nez : Net. Intensité moyenne. Très fruité. Mû. Touche plus fraîche de cassis.
Agitation : Plus intense. Assez aromatique.
Bouche : De suite serrée en entrée de bouche, elle se développe avec de la pulpe et du gras. Il y a une toute petite touche verte à fondre à l'élevage, mais c'est bon. Finale puissante. Très bon second vin.

Financial Times, Jancis Robinson MW, 04/01/2001
« Some traditionalists have been rather snooty about Alter Ego, the new second wine of Chateau Palmer, made from 67% (as opposed to 47%) Merlot but it should not be judged on the same plain as a classed growth. It has been styled deliberately to be drunk young, perfect for those charged with buying wine for airlines and filling the cellars of new restaurants with something that will deliver obvious short-term pleasure but still in the Médoc mould.
This wine has an excellent colour but all of its charms are upfront. Kerpow! goes that fruit on the front of the palate. The mid palate senses ripe fruit in abundance and, although there are obviously fewer layers and much less obvious tannins than in the Grand Vin, it is priced at about the same price as a lesser classed growth that is not likely to deliver as much pleasure so soon.
The most forward wine I tasted in the Médoc. The score reflects its success within the stated (useful) context.  »

La Revue Belge des Vins, 04/01/2001
« Style classique très distingué ; délicieux claret empreint de finesse.
Pas très puissant, mais intense et raffiné.  »