Flechas de Los Andes Gran Corte 2004 vs Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 vs Alter Ego 2004

By , 30 June 2014

Flechas de Los Andes Gran Corte 2004 vs Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 vs Alter Ego 2004, Flechas de Los Andes Gran Corte 2004 vs Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 vs Alter Ego 2004

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Flechas de Los Andes Gran Corte 2004 vs Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 vs Alter Ego 2004, Flechas de Los Andes Gran Corte 2004 vs Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 vs Alter Ego 2004

The three stooges.

Yesterday  a shoot-out between Argentina, South Africa and France and the wines all played true to type.

Flechas de Los Andes is a partnership between the Rothschilds and Laurent Dassault of Saint-Émilion, the vineyards 120km south of Mendoza. The maiden vintage Gran Corte 2004 (60% Malbec, rest Merlot and Syrah) was all about weight and power. I thought it showed dead fruit – it’s alcohol by volume as stated on the label 15.5% – and I did not care for it all. Score: 82/100.

The Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot, abv 14%) showed good fruit density – sweet in the best sense, the tannins already quite soft and very likeable. Score: 89/100.

The Alter Ego is the second label of Margaux Third Growth Chateau Palmer, the 2004 a blend of 57% Merlot and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, abv 13%. This wine was more savoury with notes of iodine and crushed herbs to go with red and black fruit, really lively acidity and fine tannins. Score: 90/100.

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  • Joe30 June 2014

    Love the Alter Ego- but a correction, Christian: it’s not a second wine, it is a second lable from the very same vineyards & grapes of the Chateau Palmer- different proportions of cultivars, different winemaking techniques. The second wine used to be La Reserve de General. This is no longer being bottled.

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