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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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
A gentleman, officer, and aide-de-camp of the Prince of Wales, Charles Palmer was famous at the English court as a ladies man and for his military victories. He fell under the spell of Bordeaux as well as the charms of Marie de Gascq, a beautiful widow who convinced him to buy her estate.
Charles Palmer devoted a great deal of time, energy, and money to developing his property....Read More About Chateau Palmer
Soft, elegant, feminine… these are words often used to describe the wines of Margaux. The commune is different from its northern neighbors of the Haut-Medoc in both geography and style. Home to the name-sharing premier cru, Margaux lays a few marshlands south of St.-Julien.
As in other Medoc appellations, Cabernet Sauvignon leads the...Read More About Margaux
Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...Read More About Bordeaux Red Blends
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