Aile d'Argent 2016

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This is the dry white wine that has been made in small quantities at Mouton Rothschild since the first vintage in 1991. Produced from 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon and 2% Muscadelle in the vineyard.

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Aile d’Argent underwent a high percentage of malolactic fermentation (27%). It has a generous, expressive bouquet of honeysuckle, beeswax and lime flower aromas, and just a light oily/Riesling note in the background. The palate is well balanced and crisp, with a fine line of acidity and a touch of stem ginger and orange peel toward the finish. This is beautifully balanced and long, and while not quite in the league of the 2015 Aile d’Argent, it is seriously delicious. Drink 2022-2038

Score: 92Neal Martin, (Jan 2019), January 2019

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. Drink 2019 - 2029.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Blended of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Sémillon and 1% Muscadelle, the 2016 Aile d'Argent comes charging forth with tropical fruit notes of guava and pineapple plus peach preserves, lemongrass, candied ginger and orange blossoms with a waft of clover honey. Medium-bodied, the palate is broad and rich with just enough freshness, finishing on a savory note. 2019 - 2028

Score: 90Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018

The aromas of dried pineapple and mangoes dominate the nose with hints of macaroons and cooked apples. Full-bodied, dense and tannic with serious thickness. It’s layered, extremely long and chewy with a powerful and ripe finish. Exotic, wild wine with large presence. Why wait?

Score: 94James Suckling,, February 2019

A fresh and fruity white with sliced-pear and apple character. Undertones of pineapple. Full-bodied, savory and round-textured wine. Delicious.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, March 2017

The 2016 Aile d'Argent has developed nicely since I last tasted it. Dried flowers, chamomile, mint, lemon confit and tropical notes are all nicely woven together. The Aile d'Argent is quite ample in feel, but less overtly exotic and sweet than it has been in some recent years. Drink 2019 -2024.

Score: 90Antonio Galloni,, January 2019

The 2017 Aile d'Argent is quite, dense and powerful with more of a phenolic-like feel, which comes from an unusually high presence of Sauvignon Gris (15%) that is present in the blend. Lemon confit, white flowers and pink grape fruit. In most vintages, Aile d'Argent leans towards the more tropical end of the spectrum, but in 2017, the wine is much more citrus and stone fruit driven. Sadly, yields are down around a third because of frost damage.

Score: 90/92Antonio Galloni,, April 2018

The 2016 Aile d'Argent is laced with the essence of white peach, apricot, pineapple, lemon confit and white flowers. In 2016, it has its usual midpalate pliancy and plushness, but with less overt sweetness and fewer tropical notes than in the past. All things considered, the Mouton team has done a terrific job of maintaining freshness in the Aile d'Argent, no small feat in 2016, especially given the wine's tendency to emphasize richness.

Score: 89/91Antonio Galloni,, April 2017

Quite exotic and spicy. Lean and green underneath and a flavour that reminds me of the figgy character of Napa Valley Sauvignon (but not the weight or sweetness). Racy and sinewy and much more streamlined than it once was. Good power.
Drink 2020-2027

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2017

This is the dry white wine that has been made in small quantities at Mouton Rothschild since the first vintage in 1991. Produced from 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon and 2% Muscadelle in the vineyard. The 2016 is a blend of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle. Zesty in citrus on the nose with a touch of herbal thyme and broad passion fruit. The palate brings spiciness of pepper and toast with a broad, wazy texture. Lemons and peaches carry through the fresh and clean palate, with a nice touch of smoky complexity on the finish.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, April 2017

The nose is fresh quite tight the fruit on the palate richer with a tropical fruit mix in the middle. Apple and citrus underpin fresh at the back the finish is tight and mineral. 2019-30

Score: 86/88Derek Smedley MW,, April 2017

Always among my favourite white Bordeaux, this is a wine that is beautifully judged in 2016, with just the right balance between fruit, oak and acidity. Leesy, creamy and subtly toasty, it has lemongrass and grapefruit flavours and a lick of crème fraîche. 2018-23

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW,, April 2017

Another success for the white wines of the Médoc, this is lovely with true freshness expertly pulled together under tension, contrasting with the roundness through the mid-palate. Clear, fleshy white peach and soft citrus is pulled in on the finish by a lick of wet stone. 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle. 27% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to ensure a creamy character to the body.

Score: 94Jane Anson,, April 2017

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