Silex is in many ways the ultimate Dagueneau wine. Super mineral, pure and crystaline. Silex means ‘flint’ in Latin languages and this wine is produced only from vineyards with flint rich soils that are located on the north-facing slopes of the hill of Saint-Andélain. The vines here range mostly between 35 and 65 years and yields are kept lower than most other vineyards. Silex is also barrel fermented and aged in the Dagueneau ‘cigars’ as well as other barrels. Because of the soils, this wine is typically intense, regal, almost austere in personality when young, requiring at least a few years to begin truly expressing itself. On the one hand, it’s an imposing, spring-loaded, colossus of Pouilly-Fumé; on the other it’s a wine of remarkable precision and detail, with the freshness of a Mountain Spring. When the wine starts to blossom (typically after 7 –10 years) what you will find will be one of the great white wines of France.
The nose speaks first of precision, with the scents of preserved lemon and creamed orchard fruit. The palate is no less pure and precise, with a focused, laser-like definition at the start, along with exceptional balance and energy. The direction here is unparalleled, the wine clearly displaying some ripeness of fruit, but still with all the acid and mineral vivacity that we would expect from a cooler, fresher vintage. A stunning effort. 96-98 points - Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor