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2004 Alter Ego

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Unlike the previous 2 vintages, the weather in 2004 was ideal without any excesses. Nothing disturbed the vines' normal growth cycle.
Summer started after a slightly rainy month of June. Even flowering with no shot berries was followed by moderate summer temperatures that slowed and lengthened the ripening process. The grapes developed slowly and evenly, ripening perfectly thanks to dry, sunny weather in September that also made it possible to wait patiently until each plot reached its peak.
The grapes fermented gently for an average of 21 days. In certain cases, the emphasis was placed on extraction early in the vatting period to express all the fruit and richness of the grapes, while in other cases, long skin contact was preferred to enhance the wine's power. Compared to the 2003s, the 2004 vintage is more classically Bordeaux, offering a magnificent combination of all the elegance and finesse of our terroir with the richness and power of a very great year.


This is one of the most fantastic second wines to come out of Bordeaux. Chateau Palmer produces this, and is one of the best value for money second wines around. The “other side” of Château Palmer. The quality of this wine was much improved after Alter Ego de Palmer replaced the old label ‘Reserve du General’ in 1998.

Tasting Note: Alter Ego de Palmer offers the essential Margaux finesse and elegance, with a marvellous, rich bouquet. The palate is intensely fresh and fruity, juicy and irresistible. Smooth and round as soon as it has finished barrel ageing, Alter Ego’s elegant bouquet and tannins can be appreciated within the first few years of bottling.

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