Alter Ego > 2006

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Characteristics of the vintage

2006 was a generally hot and dry year, marked by brutal fluctuations in the weather.

Budbreak was in late March. Flowering took place as usual at the end of May and the first ten days of June with nice, cool weather: a homogeneous flowering with no noticeable signs of coulure.

Heat wave temperatures (35°C) were common during the second half of June and the month of July. This hot and dry weather was luckily peppered with short thunderstorms. In these conditions, veraison was early, and was practically finished by the end of the month of July. August was marked by a sudden reversal of the situation. The cool and rainy weather considerably slowed the ripening process, prompting a substantial amount of work in the vineyard (green harvest and leaf thinning). If the level of rain in August was not generally superior to that of the last thirty years, it still presented an important risk of mildew that required constant vigilance. The end of August and the first ten days of September saw a return of the heat wave, with temperatures reaching 35°C, thus accelerating the previously sluggish ripening process, while making the grape skins more fragile. The rainy period that followed, luckily accompanied by cool temperatures, demanded our utmost attention in order to harvest each parcel at the right moment.

Despite the inconsistencies, the weather conditions were actually favorable for the quality of grapes grown on great terroir. June and July allowed the grapes to stock a potential for quality that was revealed as they ripened in September. The rich and powerful tannins don't overshadow the elegance of our wines, nor their delicate aspect and depth.

Harvest dates: from 09/19/2006 to 10/02/2006


Cabernet Sauvignon: 53%
Merlot: 41%
Petit Verdot: 6%

Ageing potential



A robust nose of fruit jellies (peaches, sour cherries, plums and blackberries), we can distinguish spices from its time spent in barrels (vanilla and cinnamon), some floral notes (violets), touches of smoke and a mineral aroma.

The seductive attack immediately shows its ripe fruit and tender, yet very present, tannins. The wine develops smoothly and retains a flavorful presence that accompanies an irreproachable freshness. It's well balanced and unwavering with a long, delicious finish.

This 2006, full of charm, will never abandon its noble origin, rigorous ageing and ideal blending. It's pinnacle: 2010 to 2018.

Press Review

Le Grand Guide des Vins de France 2009, Bettane et Desseauve, 09/01/2008
« Beau fruit, texture élégante, tanin frais et pur, vin de classe et de style, qui évoluera sans doute assez vite. »

International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, 04/01/2008
« (53% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot and 6% petit verdot) Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of plum, mulberry, chocolate and animal fur. Sweet and reasonably deep, with good definition and energy. Finishes with fairly serious but nicely buffered tannins and very good length. This still needs some time to come together.  »

Carnets de Dégustation, Jean-Marc Quarin, 04/01/2007
« Très belle couleur. Nez fruité, mais un peu sauvage, pas encore totalement défini. Par contre, la bouche est très structurée. Elle offre du gras et un corps allongé et sèveux, très fruité, qui s'achève sur des tanins et une texture veloutée. C'est très bon. Je pense que le nez s'affinera en cours d'élevage.  »

Decanter, Steven Spurrier, 04/01/2007
« Deep velvety colour, fresh blackcurrants, full and fleshy, purity of fruit and ripe tannins, masses of charm and elegance.  », Neal Martin, 04/01/2007
« Tasted at the château. This is a very fine Alter Ego. A cool, mineral nose with blackberry, limestone and a scent of gravel and hedgerow. Very fine definition. The palate is quite attacking, racy acidity and a sharpness that lends this such lift and penetration. Very minerally with a silky smooth, very focused finish of blackberry, cedar and blueberries. More reserved that usual, but perhaps more sophisticated.  »

Gault Millau, Jean-Michel Deluc, 04/01/2007
« Un vin presque noir de par sa concentration, déclinant sur un dégradé plus violet. Au nez, le vin exprime finesse et maturité sur des arômes de fruits à noyaux. Avec l'aération arrivent les notes d'élevage assez douces: vanille, cannelle, poivre blanc. L'ensemble est soyeux. En bouche, l'attaque est veloutée, le vin coulant, avec une structure soyeuse où les tannins sont doux mais tiennent le vin sur une bonne longueur.  »

International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, 04/01/2007
« Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of plum, mulberry, chocolate and animal fur. Sweet and reasonably deep, with good definition and energy. Finishes with fairly serious but nicely buffered tannins and very good length. This still needs some time to come together. »

Vinifera, Jacques Perrin, 04/01/2007
« Pour la première fois l'assemblage de ce vin comprend 6% de petit verdot. Joli nez, très fruits rouges, épices, relativement linéaire à ce stade. La bouche offre une texture suave, très caressante. L'ensemble est gourmand et équilibré et l'on aurait tort de bouder son plaisir.

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss, 04/01/2007
« The second wine of Château Palmer is dominated by new wood, with high black fruit flavors. The acidity is high, yielding vibrant fresh fruit, but not much concentration. »

Wine Spectator, James Suckling, 04/01/2007
« Spicy and delicious. Shows loads of fruit, with fine tannins and a long finish. Very pretty and juicy. », Izak Litwar, 04/01/2007
« delicate, tasty and incredibly charming wine. », Jancis Robinson, 04/01/2007
« Excellent depth of crimson. Very full, fresh, ripe fruity aroma – much more so than Pavillon Rouge just tasted in fact. Though a little taut and drily inexpressive on the palate. This is not as early maturing as the original Alter Ego mission statement might suggest. Very easy on the finish though. Well made by a gentle hand. Slightly hollow towards the finish. Juicy, sweet crunchy fruit – hint of spice (because of the Petit Verdot?). Just a lack of impact on the back palate.  »

Wine-Times, Helmut O. Knall, 12/01/2006
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BORDEAUX Aujourd'hui, Franck Dubourdieu, James Lawther et Christophe Tupinier, 11/30/-0001
« Nez floral, fruité, sur des notes de cerise noire. La bouche est charpentée et bien équilibrée entre une certaine rigueur et le velouté des tannins. Beau classique. »