Wine Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux AOC, 2003
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Wine of deep ruby color.
The sophisticated and elegant taste of the wine excellent concentration of fruit, freshness and juiciness, coupled with soft tannins and balanced acidity. The finish is very pleasant, light and refreshing.
Tempting aroma of wine filled with tones of berry jam, notes of plums, cherries, raspberries and blackberries, violets and present nuances of peony, vanilla, cinnamon fern, mint and subtle smoky shades.
The wine goes well with meat dishes from beef and pork, poultry, cheeses, fruits and fruit desserts.
Alter Ego - translated as "Other Self", this "second wine" Château Palmer. On the wine label depicts a castle Chateau Palmer, built in the late XIX century. And if the main wine label depicts a lock of gold color on a dark background, then the wine Alter Ego on the contrary - the castle of a dark color on a gold background, which emphasizes the concept of the name.
The second wine is not much inferior to the first, it is created from grapes from old vines. This wine was first produced in 1998, after a significant re-engineering of the wine house, its production - the result of a new approach to harvesting and assemblage.
Amazing hot summer of 2003 broke all records for the last 150 years. In June, July and August, the temperature reached 40 degrees, and the overall level of rainfall was low. This led to low yields of grapes with a thick skin. This harvest was the first time in 60 years, except for 1989. Grape harvest began on 8 September, Merlot, from 16 to 20 September collected Cabernet. Fermentation was carried out with the utmost caution because of the high degree of maturity and the level of sugar in the grapes Merlot. Relatively short period of maceration - 17 days - allowed to keep wine fresh and good balance, and by the end of aging in casks it demonstrated the softness and roundness. Overall, Alter Ego 2003 is full of charm, with good body and notes of very ripe fruit. Elegant bouquet and soft tannins, which opened a few years after bottling, received the recognition it deserves the greatest wine critics.
Manor Château Palmer was named in honor of its former owner, Major-General Charles Palmer. Having a great influence in the noble circles, he promoted their wines in this society. But because of the very high costs that it could not cover, in 1843 he was forced to sell his estate. Chateau Palmer bought brothers bankers Perer largely multiply the glory of wines. In 1938, several families from Bordeaux, Holland and England joined forces to return Chateau Palmer his former level. In 2004, the shareholders of Chateau Palmer offered the post of manager of the young oenologist Thomas Duru. Duru already had experience in California and Italy, returning to his homeland, in Bordeaux, he was greatly excited the upcoming work. Shareholders asked him to hold a "quiet revolution" in Chateau Palmer, gradually improving the quality of production in response to market demands, not forgetting to maintain the tradition. For Chateau Palmer is not the first experience of reforms.