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Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer (Futures Pre-sale) 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
  • WE93
  • WS92
  • JS91
  • RP90
13.2% ABV
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Critical Acclaim

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
A wine that shows excellent structure, with ripe fruit and soft, warm tannins. It has weight while retaining its crisp acidity and intense black-currant flavor.
Barrel Sample: 91-93 Points
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Taut but sappy, with lots of white pepper and kirsch flavors and a chalky energy on the tightly wound finish.
Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points
JS 91
James Suckling
This wine shows an inviting fruit with orangey acidity and a crispy finish. Juicy. So attractive already. This has a little more Petit Verdot in the blend. Gives it lively and interesting character. Second wine of Palmer.
Barrel Sample: 90-91 Points
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More approachable (it tips the scales at 13.2% alcohol), the 2011 Alter Ego de Palmer is composed of 48% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 15% Petit Verdot. Despite all of the latter varietal, the wine is velvety textured, pure and impressively endowed with a lovely fragrance. It should drink beautifully for 10-15+ years.
Barrel Sample: 88-90 Points
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Chateau Palmer

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Chateau Palmer, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau Palmer
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. The Major General lived mainly in England, and so the estate was managed by his authorized representative, Mr Grey, who helped to increase the wine's reputation among wealthy connoisseurs.

In June 1853, the brothers Isaac and Emile Péreire, famous bankers and rivals of the Rothschilds, bought Palmer and began investing in the estate immediately. However, there was not enough time to bring Château Palmer up to first growth status in time for the famous 1855 classification. It was thus ranked a Third Growth, although it is widely recognized as among the greatest wines of Bordeaux.

Several families of Bordeaux, English, and Dutch extraction all involved in the wine trade, united to buy Palmer in 1938 and have worked hard to give the estate its present reputation. These families have always given priority to quality, despite the financial risk this entailed. They have unfailingly applied the principles that have made the great wines of Bordeaux so successful: authenticity, quality, and permanence.

JOBALTER_2011 Item# 116332

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