Peter Maude Fine Wines

2020, Aile d'Argent 1er Cru Classé, BORDEAUX Blanc

$152 ex. GST
$174.80 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $191.59

Bordeaux Blend: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Sauvignon Gris, Muscadelle 

This is the dry white wine of Mouton Rothschild that has been produced in small quantities since the first vintage in 1991. The vineyard (which is planted with 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Sémillon and 2% Muscadelle) is inland from the château at the edge of the Pauillac appellation but the wine is labelled AC Bordeaux.

The 2020 Aile d'Argent is terrific. Aromatic and vibrant, it possesses terrific energy and a bit more verve than in the past. The blocked malo style works especially well in this vintage. The Sauvignon Blanc is quite expressive, especially in the wine's aromatic profile. 91-93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous. This is full-bodied with layers of fruit. Ripe and flavorful. Lots going on with a fleshy feel. No malolactic this year. Sweet peach, honeysuckle and citrus. Contrastive. 95-96 James Suckling.

With sea breeze and citrus aromatics. Plenty of bright pineapple and apricot flavours, with nuance and balance, and the salty cracker finish that you always want from this wine. Will be bottled in June 2021. 93 Jane Anson, Decanter.

Nectarines and jasmine, plus suggestions of key lime pie, passion fruit and orange zest. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers opulent tropical and citrus fruit layers, supported by plenty of freshness and a decadent touch of oiliness to the texture, finishing long and impactful. So hard to resist even at this nascent stage, I can't wait to see how this is going to age! 93-95+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.

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