2011 was one of the hottest, sunniest and, above all, driest of the last forty years.
Very warm weather in April and May gave the vegetation cycle a head start: flowering was recorded on 15 May, the earliest date in living memory.
Conditions in July and August were very different, bringing less sunshine and significantly more precipitation. By the end of August, however, only 326 mm of rainfall had been recorded since 1 January, compared with an average of 519 mm.
Fine weather returned to the Médoc in early September and bright sunshine prevailed throughout the two weeks of the harvest. These auspicious conditions were extremely beneficial, allowing the grapes to ripen fully.
Low yields, especially at Mouton, have produced structured, deep and very fresh wines.
2011 is thus a classic Bordeaux vintage, to be ranked among the finer, or perhaps even the finest.Oenological sheet
The wine is a scintillating pale yellow.
The intense and elegant nose opens on fruity notes of white peach, apricot and tropical fruit mingled with fine touches of toast and flint.
The full palate, beautifully balanced and pleasantly vivacious, offers plenty of rich substance.
The exceptionally long finish is agreeably fresh, lifted by delicate mineral touches.
Perfect alchemy between the fruit of Sauvignon Blanc and the richness of Semillon contributes to the superb success of Aile d’Argent 2011.Descriptive sheet