December - A locked-down spring, stubborn mildew, a dry and scorching summer, early harvests ... Spectacular in more than one way, 2020 has finally entered into the winter season, and promises, as a reward for the fantastic teamwork and the constant attention given, a powerful vintage, with a combination of the Merlot’s beautiful exuberance and the Cabernet’s profound depth.
This year has not finished surprising us, treating the multiplying restrictions as challenges to be defied: following on from the suspended period of lockdown, health care precautions and the threat of the virus like that of spring blight, along came the harvest striking deliverance hour and giving this early yield a truly unique flavour.
After a rain free summer, it was necessary, as of September 10th and under a dry, almost untenable heat, to collect, first and foremost, the Merlot whose berries immediately revealed a remarkably aromatic freshness, a beautiful acidity and a rare potency. The Cabernet grapes distinguished themselves through their depth and finesse. This year, the terroir’s declaration is crystal clear.
“Alter Ego’s and Château Palmer’s styles were so clearly shaped from the start that blending has never happened so quickly,” explains Thomas Duroux, Managing Director of Château Palmer.
The adventure has paid off, the earth knows how to reward the efforts made. Both the great wine and its mirror wine are now safely tucked away, in the cellar, building on their exuberance and their magnificent promises.