The 2020 Alter Ego is phenomenal. Bright acids and lifted floral top notes give the Alter Ego terrific brilliance. The combination of the growing season and a move towards foudres for the second year of élevage yields an Alter Ego that is decidedly linear in construction. The 2020 is going to need a number of years to come around. It’s a gorgeous wine, but readers will have to get used to a style that is quite different from the more exuberant wines of the past. It’s a very classic Alter Ego and very classic Margaux.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Very much in the Alter Ego mould – lively, fruit-driven with that vineyard-fresh feel but with a little more structure than previous years. Pure and appetising but will age. (JL)
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2035