Aile d'Argent 2016 rich and ethereal
The 2016 vintage allowed Chateau Mouton-Rothschild to harvest Sauvignon, Semillon and Muscadelle in very good weather conditions. The alternation between very sunny days and fresh night was great for the grapes' maturity. These temperature changes have a positive impact on the flavors expressed. Aile d'Argent 2016 is a dry white wine, produced from special plots in Bordeaux that marvelously expresses these qualities.
Aile d'Argent 2016 has a beautifully intense, crystal-clear yellow hue. The nose is immediately striking, its aromatic purity and richness is dazzling. Mangoes, citrus fruits, nectarines and yellow peaches. The finesse and aromatic complexity of this white is sublime. After aeration, notes of English candies with a nuance of flint-stone minerality. Gourmet and sensual at the same time, the wine has a balanced attack. The wine is precise and light. Fruity flavors tied with salinity come together just before the exemplary finish. It's wonderful.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Aile d'Argent Blanc is a blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Sémillon and 2% Muscadelle. Philippe Dhalluin told me that there was more malolactic this year, around 27% of the wine going through complete malolactic fermentation. It has an attractive nose of lime flower, granite and orange blossom aromas, a touch of pineapple cordial developing with time. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, tensile and precise with impressive focus. This is another a deep or powerful Aile d'Argent, but I admire the precision on display here.