This is a creamy wine, with a touch of perfumed Muscadelle. It shows touches of tropical fruits as well as citrus, spice and a lively, bright aftertaste. It will be ready to drink from 2020. (RV)
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. (NM)
Bold, delivering apricot, melon and pear flavors gilded with a warm piecrust note. There's a light hazelnut hint through the finish, where the fruit plays out easily. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now. (JM)
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. (AG)
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. 17/20
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