Château Smith Haut Lafitte - Blanc

96 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
Château Smith Haut Lafitte - Blanc - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Château Smith Haut Lafitte - Blanc

96 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
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Embark on a luxurious journey of fine wine with the prestigious Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2020. This outstanding white Bordeaux wine, crafted in the heart of Pessac-Léognan, exudes elegance, depth, and unparalleled taste, making it the perfect choice for discerning palates.

Taste Profile: Savour the alluring aromas of this delectable blend, which boasts a harmonious marriage of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Sauvignon Gris. The Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2020 captivates your senses with its fragrant notes of citrus, white peach, and subtle hints of fresh herbs. As you take a sip, the wine's exquisite minerality and balanced acidity come alive, revealing the delicate nuances of grapefruit, green apple, and white flowers. The satisfying finish lingers, leaving you longing for more.

History of the Producer: Château Smith Haut Lafitte, a treasured estate with a rich history dating back to the 14th century, takes pride in its commitment to quality and tradition. Employing time-honoured techniques and innovative practices, the winemakers at this esteemed château meticulously tend to the vineyard's terroir to create exceptional wines that express the unique character of each vintage. The Château's dedication to sustainability and biodiversity ensures that each bottle of Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc you enjoy is a testament to their passion for preserving the land for future generations.

Where to Enjoy: The Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2020 is a versatile wine that complements a variety of occasions. Whether you're hosting a lavish dinner party, celebrating a special milestone, or simply indulging in a quiet evening at home, this white Bordeaux wine adds a touch of sophistication to your experience. Pair it with delicate seafood dishes, such as pan-seared scallops or grilled seabass, to elevate your culinary experience and create unforgettable memories.

Don't miss the opportunity to delight your senses with the enchanting Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2020. Buy now and immerse yourself in the world of premium white Bordeaux wines, where tradition, quality, and elegance reign supreme.

The nose hits the ground running with vibrant notions of fresh grapefruit, yuzu zest and lemon tart, plus touches of lime leaves, sea spray, green mango and wet pebbles. The medium to full-bodied palate quivers with energetic citrus and mineral-inspired flavors, charged with fantastic tension and delivering a gorgeous silkiness to the texture, finishing long and steely. A bedazzling Pessac-Leognan that cannot fail to impress, it should show best after a couple of years of cellaring and then drink for a good 15+ years.
The 2017 Blanc prances out of the glass with pretty, cheerful scents of fresh green apples, lemongrass, lime leaves and white peaches plus spicy touches of fresh ginger, coriander seed and white pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic intensity and tension, with a racy backbone cutting through the tightly knit citrus and spice layers, finishing long and mineral laced.
The Smith Haut Lafitte 2016 Blanc is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon matured in 50% new oak. It reveals gregarious pineapple and green guava notes giving way to tantalizing fresh grapefruit and green apples scents plus wafts of orange blossom, crushed rocks and honey drizzled peaches. Medium to full-bodied with a gorgeous satiny texture, the palate is jam-packed with tropical and citrus flavours, finishing long and deliciously savoury.
The 2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc has an intense bouquet with mint-fresh Granny Smith apple scents, quite exotic compared to its peers, greengage and gooseberry, a touch of tinned apricot. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with lime and gooseberry notes, the acidity well judged, a healthy veneer of new oak, but it is totally in sync with the fruit. Give this 4-5 years for everything to fully assimilate and you will have a splendid white Bordeaux. This is pure nectar.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux
Appellation:
Pessac-Léognan
Producer:
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
Grapes/Blend:
Sauvignon Blanc

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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

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Everything comes from the soil. At Château Smith Haut Lafitte, they do their utmost to respect nature and biodiversity, both in the vineyard and cellar.

Château Smith...
Everything comes from the soil. At Château Smith Haut Lafitte, they do their utmost to respect nature and biodiversity, both in the vineyard and cellar.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte plants vines propagated from their own vineyards thanks to our vine nursery on Ile de Lalande. This island protected ecosystem enables them to maintain the vine’s genetic diversity, as well as the complexity of their wines.

The vines of Château Smith Haut Lafitte are planted in a single block on a Günz gravel plateau in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, producing six different wines.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte, a Graves Great Growth in both red and white, and our two second wines Les Hauts de Smith and Le Petit Haut Lafitte, also in red and white. Each has its own unique blend and distinctive aromatic profile.
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Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90...
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The finest (and most expensive) of these are the wines from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The former is focused (at the top level) on Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter pair on on Merlot.

The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines based on Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. These range from dry whites to challenge the best from the Burgundy region (Pessac-Léognan is particularly renowned) to the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
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Pessac-Léognan

Pessac-Léognan

Established in 1987, the Pessac-Léognan appellation is relatively young compared to other Bordeaux appellations. However, its history is deeply rooted in the ancient vineyards of the Graves region,...

Established in 1987, the Pessac-Léognan appellation is relatively young compared to other Bordeaux appellations. However, its history is deeply rooted in the ancient vineyards of the Graves region, which have been producing wine since Roman times. The Pessac-Léognan appellation lies just south of the city of Bordeaux, and its terroir is characterised by gravelly soils, providing excellent drainage and heat retention, which are essential for producing the region's highly-regarded wines.

The production methods used in Pessac-Léognan reflect the region's dedication to quality, innovation, and tradition. Winemakers here employ a combination of traditional and modern techniques, including hand harvesting, meticulous grape selection, and temperature-controlled fermentation. The use of oak barrels for ageing is common, imparting complexity and elegance to the wines. The region is best known for its red wines, which are typically a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, with smaller amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec. However, Pessac-Léognan also produces exceptional white wines, made primarily from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes, often with a touch of Muscadelle.

One of the most iconic wine producers in Pessac-Léognan is Château Haut-Brion, a First Growth estate with a history dating back to the 16th century. Haut-Brion is known for its robust, full-bodied red wines, which exude elegance and complexity with layers of dark fruit, graphite, and earthy undertones. The estate is also renowned for its dry white wines, crafted from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, displaying notes of citrus, honeysuckle, and mineral complexity.

Another celebrated producer in the Pessac-Léognan appellation is Château La Mission Haut-Brion, a historic estate dating back to the 17th century. La Mission Haut-Brion produces exceptional red wines with a reputation for intensity, depth, and longevity. These wines are characterised by their opulent fruit flavours, integrated tannins, and notes of tobacco, leather, and truffle.

Domaine de Chevalier is a highly-regarded producer of both red and white wines in Pessac-Léognan. Established in the 19th century, Domaine de Chevalier is committed to sustainable viticulture practices and a deep respect for its terroir. The estate's red wines are known for their elegance and finesse, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, while its white wines showcase the complex interplay between Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, offering notes of citrus, pear, and subtle oak influence.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte, another prominent producer in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, boasts a history spanning over 800 years. Smith Haut Lafitte is dedicated to organic and biodynamic farming practices and is known for its refined red wines, which display a harmonious balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity, with notes of blackcurrant, cedar, and spice. The estate's white wines are equally impressive, offering a vibrant expression of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Sauvignon Gris, with hints of citrus, white flowers, and minerality.

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