- Château Margaux
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
- Case size
Neal Martin, May 2013,
Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. A blend of 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot, the first time that the latter has been used in both blends, the Alter Ego has a strong scent of Japanese nori that is quite attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy ripe opening – brambly red berry fruit, a slight metallic note that leads to a corpulent (for the vintage) finish that bodes well for the future. Tasted April 2013.
Robert Parker, April 2013,
The second wine, which has gone from strength to strength over recent years, the 2012 Alter Ego de Palmer, is a blend of 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot. Spicy and earthy, displaying notes of new saddle leather, roasted herbs and meaty barbecue, it is a medium-bodied, fleshy, attractive wine to drink over the next 10-12 years. Drink 2013 - 2025
James Suckling, April 2013,
This has incredible length for a second wine. Full body, with dark berry and raspberry character, ultra-fine tannins, and a long, long finish. Tiny grape yields for the vintage. 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot.
Jancis Robinson, April 2013,
18% press wine, pH 3.65. Quite strong leafy Cabernet aromas, but lovely freshness and round tannins. Is this like Palmer of old? I don’t think I would guess this was majority Merlot... Just slightly green on the end. 13.4% Drink 2019-2027
Wine Spectator, April 2013,
Offers notes of smoke, roasted herb and cassis bush, with solid plum fruit. Shows grace on the palate, delivering dark, silky fruit and caressing tannins lined with an iron edge. Tasted non-blind. —J.M.
Known as the most elegant and aromatic First Growth due to its Cabernet-friendly, sandy soil, Château Margaux is owned by the Mentzelopoulos family. The estate's vineyard holdings amount to almost 200 acres, though a much smaller percentage is selected for the grand vin to ensure exceptional concentration.
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.