The dynamic bouquet combines power and complexity. The fruit is ripe and varied: blackcurrants, sour cherries, figs, plums and dates. Spices (vanilla, white pepper, and cinnamon) melt with roasted notes (mocha and cocoa), a few plants (tobacco and cedar) and delicate musky touches.
The attack is powerful and fruity and is favorably counterbalanced by the Growth's legendary freshness. The tannic structure isn't lacking for elegance as, not only is it present, it escorts the wine with all the grace of a flamboyant gothic style: a cathedral's rose window. Its length is ascending, flavorful, infinite…The wine is full-bodied, true, but never spoiling such supreme elegance.
Of course the vintage has, once again, spoken. Fortunately, it has been brought under control. This wine should be decanted two hours before serving. It will be at its peak between 2010 and 2025.
"Dark in color, with intense, very ripe aromas of raisin, tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with loads of ripe tannins, wonderful dried fruit character and a long, superfruity finish. A lovely second wine from Palmer. Best after 2014."
"The other wine produced at Chateau Palmer is appropriately named. While the chateau wine has the opulence, this has delicacy and a grace that is immensely attractive
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points"
"This is another estate where the second wine has become better than the grand vin was 30 or 40 years ago. Administrator Thomas Duroux is especially proud of the 2005 Alter Ego de Palmer, which boasts abundant amounts of sweet berry fruit intermixed with notions of chocolate, charcoal, and black fruits. Soft tannins and a heady, opulent finish offer immediate appeal. Enjoy it over the next decade."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright, deep ruby-red. Sweet, enticing aromas of redcurrant, plum, coffee and meat. This offers lovely sweetness in the mouth, with a terrific core of fruit and a captivating sugar/acid balance. Unusually dense for this second wine. Finishes long and firmly tannic, with plenty of lingering flavor. The best yet for this label.
Barrel Sample: 87-90 Points"
International Wine Cellar
This is a great wine. It is a good expression of the premier cru but at a fraction of the price.