Château Mouton Rothschild - 2018 - Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc - 750 ml.
France - Bordeaux
Semillon - Sauvignon Blanc
White - Vintage: 2018 - Size: 750 ml.
The 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 wine comes across as a bit heavy. The blend is 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Sémillon.
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.
James Suckling: 94
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.
Wine Spectator: 94
A light, fresh style, with flashes of herb, sel gris and white asparagus that are very pure, opening slowly to show white peach and honeysuckle details. Very pretty.