91 points Wine Spectator
"Elegant and racy, showing rapierlike focus, exhibiting notes of Bosc pear, green plum and verbena. Silky in texture, with a soft mouthfeel. The acidity brings forth ginger and quinine hints on the mouthwatering finish. Best from 2021 through 2028. 500 cases made, 150 cases imported."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Importer: In 2004, Gautier launched a new and original cuvee, ARGILEX. It derives from white clay (argile) soil mixed with crumbled silex or quartz in specific hillside vineyard sites in the communes of Rochecorbon and Parcay-Meslay. The silex layers derive from coral bands in the ancient sea-bed dating back one million years. The silex particles embedded in clay often glisten in the sunlight. The grapes for the Argilex are harvested by hand at the precise moment when ripeness and natural acidity are in optimal balance, so that the wines is as fresh, vivid and expressive as possible. The wine is vinified fully dry at cold temperature using only native yeasts, and it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to highlight the bright, racy fruit. The fine lees are kept in suspension until bottling in April, as they impart complexity and nuance to the wine. Gautier’s Vouvray Argilex is a stylish, fully dry Vouvray, with pear, apricot and citrus notes carried by a long, minerally finish.