Red

2004 Alter Ego

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Margaux
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Community Tasting Notes 113

  • MagicMNJ Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 26, 2020 - Decanted for 2 hours, needs more time to air....

  • thebonnydooner wrote: 92 points

    November 19, 2020 - The notes on this wine are all over the map, so decided to crack open with a wine friendly chicken dish. Glass before dinner showed nicely, expressive earthy leather cedar with light currant and dark cherry notes. Palate is very fine, medium bodied, fine tannins, bright acidity juicy currant and blackberry fruit. Fine long finish. Maybe lacking a little depth and complexity but excellent.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • gbauer wrote:

    November 8, 2020 - This showed extremely well. Early in the prime drinking window. Full-bodied, great fruit and finish.

  • pjaines wrote:

    August 27, 2020 - This has pretty much given up any depth it had to offer - now it is on a glide path to old age. Not old, as such, but now it just lacks interest. Soft, and with rather simple notes. Very much like a Bordeaux Superieur now.

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  • Seafoam Manor wrote: 92 points

    June 24, 2020 - Beautiful medium garnet color. There's a bit of VA on the nose, but otherwise it is very floral, with big rose petal notes, and generally sticks with the house style of being highly aromatic. More red fruited than the Grand Vin, but I think this is, at a minimum, 50% Merlot, so that makes sense. At sixteen years old, it is showing tertiary notes, but more of a light tobacco, rather than pronounced leather notes. Wood spice is there, but as a light accent. All the structural notes are a hint above medium, but this is a wine of finesse. Both the Alter Ego and the Grand Vin probably exceed the general quality of the vintage. Are either blockbusters or true wines for the cellar? No, but there's an alluring elegance and it had the stuffing to hold up to braised lamb. Drink now and, if you can, stand this up for a day and / or decant it off the sediment, as the last bit had grainy tannins rising up on the finish.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    8/6/2008 (link)

    (Ch Palmer, Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2008, Issue #13, Château Palmer: Margaux at its Finest

    (Château Palmer Alter Ego) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120 (link)

    (Chateau Palmer Alter Ego Margaux) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/8/2005 (link)

    (Ch Palmer, Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    3/26/2008 (link)

    (ALTER EGO Palmer) Palmer Dear Friends, It’s no secret that the best vintages of Chateau Palmer can be the opposite of their neighbor’s. The explanation for this is part geography, part soil and part mystery but this occurrence lends itself to the recent Bordelaise statement that “it’s a Palmer vintage” - which usually means, it’s a decent vintage elsewhere but a great one at the Chateau. Such is the case in 2004, where Palmer produced a wine for the ages. Palmer’s soil is such that vintages like 1999, 2002 and 2004 produced results that are better than more famous overall years in other parts of Bordeaux and they are starting to take advantage of this. In 2004, Palmer’s Grand Vin was so strong they barely had anything for their “other” wine, the Alter Ego, so they almost didn't produce it. In the end, the traditionalists prevailed and they produced a terrific Alter Ego along with the Grand Vin. Even though only one-third to one-half of the crop made it into the Palmer, even less made it into the Alter Ego. The Alter Ego is meant to be consumed while a great vintage of Palmer matures and, in this case, the 2004 Grand Vin will take quite a while to come around which presents an opportunity for experimentation with the Alter Ego for at least a decade. The 2004 Alter Ego is ready to enjoy but it will age as well - it has all the hallmarks of this Margaux stalwart with less rough tannin and a pasting of expensive cooperage. At the winery, they believe the 2004 Alter Ego is better than the lauded 2005 and they know (intimately) what went into each - I rarely like to argue with winemakers that have first hand knowledge of what went into their own wine as opinions are one thing but facts are facts. We have a fantastic price on this wine, even lower than first tranche negociant pricing in Bordeaux. If you are looking for Margaux wine to drink at a reasonable price (rather than as an investment), this is a top choice and it will age for several more years, up to 10-12: ” ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price directly from the source with perfect provenance: 2004 Chateau Palmer “Alter Ego” FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 12/person until we run out Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Bord8088

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Alter Ego
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Margaux
  • UPC Codes 0873902008258, 3394150008557, 3394150008816, 3394150017726, 3432780018789

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  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 908 (56%)
  • Consumed 703 (44%)

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lamb, steak, tuna

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