Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015 (JS-94)
This is amazing for the second wine with incredible white truffle, stone and currant character. Purity of fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, silky and refined. Fantastic length. Better in 2018 but almost impossible to resist now. Incredible.
Source: 218, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 30th Apr 2015 (RP-93)
Another brilliant example from administrator Thomas Duroux and his team, the intense second wine, Palmer?s 2012 Alter Ego (51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot), offers up plenty of blackberry and cr?me de cassis notes along with some spring flowers, licorice and subtle background oak. Opulently textured, full-bodied and stunning, this is an outrageously successful second wine to drink over the next 12-15 years.
Drink Date 2015 – 2030
In terms of quality, 2010 benefited from exceptionally favorable weather, like the 2009 vintage. After a late start to the growing season that protected the vines from spring frosts, bud break took place evenly in April. Fertilization was greatly upset by a cold, wet period in June that caused flowering to be very spread out and led to a significant amount of coulure, reducing hopes for a large crop. July was particularly warm, eliminating any heterogeneity in the vines after flowering, and v?raison occurred quickly. This beautiful weather lasted without interruption until the end of the harvest. Thanks to that, we were able to take our time in order to pick each plot at peak ripeness. Although the alcoholic degree is very high, like in 2009, the acidity synonymous with freshness – and tannic concentration are greater, making for wines with an extremely solid foundation. Their power, combined with a high level of acidity, gives them the potential for becoming benchmarks, and for this to be a legendary vintage. They are like a finely cut diamond that, over time, will fully express all the delicacy of Chateau Palmer?s terroir.
Blend: MERLOT 49% CABERNET SAUVIGNON 51%
Harvest Dates: 22/09/2010 TO 20/10/2010
Ageing Potential: READY TO DRINK BUT CAN BE KEPT A FEW MORE YEARS