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2010 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Aile d'Argent
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88-91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - August 2011

Bright yellow with hints of gold. Intense sauvignon blanc aromas of melon, pineapple and green figs, along with hints of gooseberry and sage. Then slightly less forceful on the palate, with gooseberry, citrus and dried herb flavors nicely complicated by a note of white peach. A little more acidity might have provided more definition and extended the wine's flavors, but some tasters may prefer this wine's rich, creamy texture as is. Mouton general manager Philippe Dhalluin told me that this wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation and was aged in 50% new oak; prior to his arrival the new oak percentage was 100%, and that was probably too much. The sauvignon blanc is vinified using maceration pelliculaire

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