Alter Ego > 2007

A demanding vintage
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Characteristics of the vintage

An exceptionally hot and dry April give to the vines a ten-day head start on their usual growth. But from the end of April until the end of August, the weather was generally cool and damp. The flowering took place during a period of beautiful, sunny and dry weather but was prolonged due to the cool and rainy weather that following .
The ripening conditions for the grapes were a constant source of stress. From mid-June through July, we removed of secondary shoots and bunch thinning which allowed us to maintain a good aeration in the clusters. The weather remained cool at the end of July, so we responded in most areas of the vineyard by painstakingly thinning the leaves around the clusters, letting the berries enjoy a maximum exposure to sunlight.
A the end of August, our first tastings of the grapes showed that they already had an excellent aromatic potential. September began with the arrival of an east wind that concentrated the berries and accelerated their ripening. The harvest began on the first parcels of Merlot on September 20th, following three weeks of beautiful weather, with cool mornings and mild, sunny afternoons.

Harvest dates: from 09/20/2007 to 10/02/2007


Merlot: 60%
Cabernet Sauvignon: 40%

Ageing potential



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Press Review

Wine Journal, Neal Martin, 10/20/2011
« Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. The Alter Ego 2007 has a refined nose with dark berry, black olive and a touch of blueberry. Nice definition and poise. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, very pure and feminine with a very poised, precise citrus-tinged finish. »

Decanter, Steven Spurrier, 04/01/2008
« Deep velvety colour. lovely Merlot nose showing spicy blackberry fruit, already smooth with blended, suave tannins and lovely length, a strikingly attractive wine.  »

Periodic Review of Bordeaux Wine, Alan Duran, 04/01/2008
« The opaque ruby-purple hued Alter Ego offers cherry, mineral, and sweet raspberry aromas, in addition to a medium-body, wonderful freshness, and a balanced finish. The suppleness, and open-knit makes for a more approachable wine. »

TAST Pro, Desseauve et Bettane, 04/01/2008
« Un pur délice sur le plan aromatique et une texture de soie, sans rivale: mais il faudra le boire relativement vite (dans les 10 ans), pour savourer son charme. »

Vinfera, Jacques Perrin, 04/01/2008
« Cet assemblage est assez classique pour Alter Ego qui se profile, non pas comme le second vin de Palmer, mais comme une autre interprétation, d'un style différent, du terroir de Palmer. Belle robe rubis assez soutenu. Nez fin, élégant, sur des nuances d'épices, de prune avec un léger sillage floral. C'est friand, beaucoup de texture. Notes boisées et épicées élégantes. Beaucoup de finesse. C'est très bon, plus fin, d'une élégance accomplie, avec beaucoup de digestibilité. »

Wein Gourmet, Bernard Burtschy, 04/01/2008
« Granatfarben, recht elegant, geradlinig, schmeichlerisch, mittlere Lange und etwas Paprika im Finale », Izak Litwar, 04/01/2008
« This wine provided very delicate, round and extremely charming drinking. », Jancis Robinson, 04/01/2008
« Mid crimson. Light, lively super-brisk nose. Very round and easy and lovely already - pure airline stuff. Great texture. Great balance – just very slightly astringent on the finish but a gentle little thing. More freshness on the nose than the Ch Palmer itself. Very light but lively.  »

Carnets de Dégustation, Jean-Marc Quarin, 03/01/2008
« La couleur est pourpre, intense et le nez fruité, de type mûr, suave, et fin. Bouche tendre, faite de chair minutieuse, se développant aromatique, distinguée et raffinée en fin de bouche. C'est un vin délicieux et incrachable. On pourra le boire avec grand plaisir jeune.  »