The 10 acre Aile d'Argent (Silver Wing) vineyard, situated on the Chateau Mouton Rothschild estate, consists of three separate parcels characterised by sandy, gravelly soil. The typical blend is 57% Semillon, 42% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle. The average age of the vines is 17 years old, grapes are harvested by hand, specially selected on the vine and collected in small open baskets as for Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Grapes are slowly fermented in stainless steel vats at less than 18c but, when half-fermented, the Semillon and Sauvignon musts are transferred to oak barrels (50% new, 50% one year). Fermentation continues and may last for several weeks. The wine is left on the fine lees to nourish and give the wine extra roundness, length and complexity. After the different varieties have been blended, the wine is bottle in the autumn following the harvest. Only approximately 10,000 bottles are produced.
"A white with lots of dried pineapple, Brazilian lime and lemon as well as apple pie and cream. Full and fruity, with lovely fruit and thick texture. Rich finish. Score range: 89-92" Wine Spectator 2010. "Because of both time and space constraints, I am not able to provide tasting notes for the 2009 dry white Bordeaux, but it is an extremely strong vintage. Most châteaux equaled the dazzling quality of the 2007 dry whites. That said, the 2009s tend to be less classic than 2007, but more exotic, honeyed, and higher in alcohol, with compelling richness. The 2009s will probably have a shorter evolutionary curve, but these wines tend to last a long time, even in a vintage such as this. They are fascinating dry white wines…90-92" Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate 4/10