2018 Aile d'Argent, Bordeaux Blanc

White peaches on the nose. Lovely density and pure fruit, dancing floral notes and acacia honey, and plenty of elderflower. Lots of acidity keeps it focussed and long.

Critic score
92.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
3 available
£74.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    AOC Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    55% Sauvignon Blanc
    45% Semillon
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2028
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Aile d'Argent, Bordeaux Blanc

TASTING NOTES

There was no malolactic fermentation and no Muscadelle this year—both unusual for Aile d’Argent. Composed of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Sémillon (harvested August 30 to September 5), the 2018 Aile d'Argent has 13% alcohol and is a little reticent to begin, offering fragrant notions of lemongrass, freshly chopped ginger and lemon tart with a core of fresh pineapples, white peaches and aniseed. The palate is rich, sultry and exotic with loads of spices and tropical fruit and an electric backbone of acid, finishing very long.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(93—95)/100

This is a delicious wine that has been extremely well handled with complexity and a long drawn out finish. It’s wonderfully fresh with touches of aniseed and flint alongside citrus and sweet pear flesh alongside an underlying spice doing a great job of providing focus and lift. To maintain freshness, no malolactic fermentation was carried out on any of the white grapes this year – in most years Aile d'Argent has maybe 10% malo, and no Muscadelle was used as it didn't succeed as well as they'd hoped in the dry summer. The harvest took place between 30 August 30 and 5 September.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(93)/100

A big white with very dense dried apples and peaches. Dried pineapple, too. Full-bodied, rich and flavorful. 45 per cent semillon, the rest sauvignon blanc.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(93—94)/100

The 2018 Aile d'Argent is laced with pineapple, tangerine, white flowers, mint and lemon confit. There is good up front depth and creaminess, but the wine loses some of its initial richness on the mid-palate and finish. Ultimately, the 2018 comes across as a bit heavy. The blend is 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Sémillon.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(87—89)/100

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