Wine Safari Score, Greg Sherwood MW – “This wine shows a wonderfully complex aromatic profile with orange blossom, fresh hay, yellow citrus, waxy peaches, incense and yellow peaches. Massive breadth and depth, full of vibrance, spicy yellow orchard fruits, marzipan and a sleek, linear granite and salty pineapple finish.” 95 points
Neal Martin: “The 2017 Aristargos is a blend of several white varieties from 14 different vineyards that includes Marsanne for the first time. It is whole-bunch-pressed, with the Sémillon kept on its skins for a few days and then matured in 300-liter used barrels for 12 months. It has a vivacious bouquet of yellow plum, mirabelle and jasmine aromas, all wonderfully defined. The palate is well balanced with a waxy texture and notes of stone fruit, sesame, walnut and orange peel . A very subtle flor-like element lends tension on finish. Superb.” 92 points
Tim Atkin MW: “Is the whole more complex than the sum of its parts? The answer on this cuvée of Chenin Blanc and five other varieties is surely yes. Rich, yet focused, with the perfume and texture of the 14% Viognier adding disproportionately to the blend, but balanced by acidity and notes of wild herbs. 2019-2024.” 94 points
Jancis Robinson MW: “First vintage was 2010. David and Nadia say that it’s the one wine of theirs that has made an impact in the UK. From 14 different vineyards – including fruit from two of their single vineyards. Harvested at different times and split into 20 different lots. Marsanne, plus Roussanne, Clairette, Crouchen (planted in 1960), Sémillon (planted in 1972) and Viognier. The Crouchen and Sémillon have some skin contact. Mainly stored in small oak casks.
Broad, floral, rich nose with an added twist from the Marsanne. Very layered and dense. Already enjoyable in a citrus cough sweet sort of way.” 17+ points