Alter Ego de Palmer is the second wine of Château Palmer, known as one of the two best Margaux with Château Margaux. A philosophy of perfection seeking on a domain that looks at the river and whose terroir is exceptional.
Distinction, commitment and commitment are the key words that guide the choices for Château Palmer, from the vineyard to the table where the wine is served.
55 hectares of gravel overlooking the river, spread around the castle, in the heart of the Margaux appellation A great wine is born on a great terroir, subtle alchemy between the soil, the microclimate, the grape varieties and the expression that is given by the man. This association of terroir and man is the essence of the Grand Cru concept at Palmer. The magnificent vineyard covers 55 hectares spread over the rolling hills of the town of Cantenac. Most of the plots are concentrated on a plateau of lean gravel from the Güntz era, located at the top of the rumps of the Margaux appellation. The Palmer plateau is located on the first terraces of gravel bordering the Gironde. This is why Bordeaux is told that large terroirs "look" at the river.
The estate, in its work, does everything for the vine to explore this gravelly soil as much as possible. How? By maintaining a very high planting density of ~ 10,000 feet per hectare and by regularly plowing the soil, in order to increase competition between the feet and to promote deep rooting.
Functional and architectural choices combine harmoniously in what is the beating heart of the property during the grape harvest and winemaking. The vat is first and foremost a place of work. That of Château Palmer harmoniously combines functional and architectural choices. Entirely redesigned in 1995, it brings together 42 thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Their number, their size and their frustoconical shape allow a vinification of precision. Grape variety, plot by plot and even batch by batch, the grapes join the vats to deliver their juice.
The rigorous and methodical organization, the sense of the detail and the respect of strict rules of hygiene are the principles of a successful work, so that the wine is born in the best possible conditions.
The setting in barrels of new oak is part of the classic process of elaboration of the grands crus of Bordeaux.Château Palmer strives to adapt this practice to the idea of wines.
His philosophy of breeding is in fact a true conception of education: measurement, attention to the needs of each vintage, constant monitoring of the evolution of the wine during his stay in the cellars.
The woody must function as a flavor enhancer. The proportion of new barrels does not exceed 50 to 60% for Château Palmer and 25 to 40% for Alter Ego.
A wonder we had the chance to taste a few weeks ago ... and the result is a great surprise. A structure worthy of a Classified Growth with the elegance characteristic of Grands Vins de Margaux.