This is a gorgeous wine, with wonderfully round stone fruit flavours, reminiscent of apricot and generous white peach. It shows huge intensity and concentration, with a wet stone minerality on the finish - for me, that is always a texture not a flavour, and extremely welcome in a young white wine. They lost two of the five plots to frost, so production is 35-40% down on normal. The grapes were picked between 30 August and 5 September, and 13% went through malo. There is 1% of Muscadelle in addition to the blend given.
DecanterScore: 96/100Drink 2019-2030
The impressive ripeness and intensity combined with elegance and finesse are what make this wonderful white. Honeysuckle, apricots, glazed grapefruit, spices and nutmeg. Medium to full body and fleshy fruit that’s lifted by the delicious acidity to the long finish.
James SucklingScore: 95-96/100
Super-intense citrus – pink grapefruit. Smoky, scented richness, full and fragrant with apricot in the mouth. Firmly textured, structured, dense and still so fresh. Very, very long. Chalky depth on the creamy textured finish. (JH)
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 17.5/20Drink Drink2020-2029
One-third of the crop for this wine was lost to frost. A blend of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Sémillon and 1% Muscadelle, the 2017 Aile d'Argent has lovely white peaches, lemon curd and beeswax notes with hints of orange peel, grapefruit and a touch of sage. The palate is light to medium-bodied and bursting with exuberant stone fruit and citrus flavors, with a racy line and a long, peachy finish.
Robert ParkerScore: 91-93/100
One-third of the crop for this wine was lost to frost. A blend of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle, the 2017 Aile d'Argent has lovely white peaches, lemon curd and beeswax notes with hints of orange peel, grapefruit and a touch of sage. The palate is light to medium-bodied and bursting with exuberant stone fruit and citrus flavors, with a racy line and a long, peachy finish. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine AdvocateScore: 91-93/100
The 2017 Aile d’Argent Blanc, which was the only cru to suffer some frost damage, underwent around 14% malolactic fermentation (normally it is around 30%). It has a fresh, lemon thyme and white peach scented bouquet. The palate is well balanced with fine tension, quite saline with moderate depth, a tang of grapefruit and a touch of stem ginger towards the finish. [Readers should note one-third of this wine will be bottled under composite cork for the first time.] Tasted twice with consistent notes.
Neal MartinScore: Drink 2020-2030
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.
Antonio Galloni, VinousScore: 90-92/100