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2015 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

Château Smith Haut Lafitte · Graves, Pessac-Léognan · Bordeaux · France

95-98
Wine Spectator
This is a breed apart, featuring a wide range of verbena, chamomile and honeysuckle notes ...
Grape Variety: 90% Sauvignon Blanc 5% Sémillon 5% Sauvignon Gris
Classification: AOC
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CHF 61.40

2015 · Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc · Château Smith Haut Lafitte · Graves, Pessac-Léognan · Bordeaux · France ·

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Average Critic Score
96.2
This is a breed apart, featuring a wide range of verbena, chamomile and honeysuckle notes on the floral side, flavors of lemon curd, white peach and star fruit at the core, and a long finish that ripples with salted butter, brioche and acacia details. Beautiful.—J.M.
Wine Spectator
A beautiful white with pretty density and richness. Bright and clear with intense aromas and flavors of lilacs and stones. Some violet. Full and bright. Firm phenolic tension. Bright acidity.
James Suckling
Composed of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris, the Smith Haut Lafitte 2015 Blanc has an incredibly compelling nose of ripe apricots, passion fruit, honeyed lemons and crushed stones with a hint of lime blossoms. Medium-bodied, super intense and super minerally, the palate sings of stone fruit and citrus layers with plenty of zip and zing, finishing with incredible persistence, alluring fruitiness and a savory contrast that will keep you reaching for another glass.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Auch der weisse Smith-Haut-Lafitte ist heuer eine unglaublich raffinierte Delikatesse. Mit schier zitronigem Extrakt aufwartend und seifigen Konturen. Da schwingt auch viel reife Ananasaromatik mit. Dies alles bei traumhafter Länge
René Gabriel
Lovely freshness of fruit such as pear and white peach. Mineral and elegant with notes of green pineapple too. 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris
ARVI Head Sommelier
Wine Spectator
James Suckling
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
René Gabriel
ARVI Head Sommelier
Grape variety Grape variety
90% Sauvignon Blanc
5% Sémillon
5% Sauvignon Gris
Sub-region Sub-region Graves, Pessac-Léognan
Alcohol content Alcohol content 13.5 %
Classification Classification AOC
Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Graves’ most characteristic estate, Château Smith Haut Lafitte sits along the most renowned gravelly ridge of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. After years under the ownership of the Bordeaux négociant Eschenauer, a former Olympic skiing champion, Daniel Cathiard and his wife, Florence bought the château in 1990. Since then, the Grand Cru Classé estate has made several improvements that continue to accrue. The Cathiards opted for a more organic viticulture method, and modernized their vinification technologies. With 78-hectares under vine, the vineyards devote 67-hectares to red varieties, and the remaining 11-hectares are planted to white. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge remains at the pinnacle of their production. It is a lighter style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that still packs an impressive depth. The white, Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is also unfiltered and barrel fermented, however this wine stays true to the floral, and herbal core found at the base of this unique terroir’s production. ...

Grapes

An aromatic variety that produces some of the world’s most exceptional dry whites as well as some of its greatest dessert wines. As a dry wine, such as Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé from France’s Loire Valley, it often displays what wine connoisseurs describe as « cat pee on a gooseberry bush » due to its notable grassy characteristics. In New Zealand, its most famous home outside of France, it often displays riper notes of tropical fruits such as mango and passion fruit. While Bordeaux often uses it as the main variety in its white blends, Sauvignon Blanc also works well and is susceptible to noble rot, helping create some of the region’s finest Sauternes. ...
A grape variety that is far more known behind the scenes than on centre stage, Sémillon produces some of the world’s greatest wines, most notably Sauternes from estates such as Château d’Yquem and Château Climens. Notably susceptible to botrytis (aka « noble rot »), it sheds its shy personality for one of exoticism, revealing notes of honeyed truffle, dried mango and lemongrass. As a dry wine in many of the white Bordeaux blends, it exhibits an ample palate of discreet flavours, including beeswax and pear. It is also known outside of France, most notably in bottlings from Hunter Valley, Australia. These wines are completely different with crisp acidity, tightly wound flavours and lowish-moderate alcohol. Cellaring is necessary in order to coax them out of their shell. ...
Sauvignon Gris is a mutation of Sauvignon Blanc that has pink berries (what the French call « gris » or « grey »). It is found mostly in Bordeaux, most notably on the Right Bank, as well as in the Loire, where it is called Fié. It can be a bit richer than straight Sauvignon Blanc with a headier perfume. However, New World countries such as Chile, Argentina and New Zealand also have plantings. Plantings have increased over recent years, suggesting it is becoming a more fashionable grape. ...
90% Sauvignon Blanc
5% Sémillon
5% Sauvignon Gris
Graves, Pessac-Léognan

Graves, Pessac-Léognan

Graves and Pessac-Léognan are both located south of the city of Bordeaux unlike the Médoc which lies to the north of the region’s capital city. In fact, its most esteemed properties – Châteaux Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion and Pape Clément are only a few minutes’ drive away. Graves is the larger region of the two, which actually houses the smaller “cru” of Pessac-Léognan. Located further south, its climate is warmer, which usually produces slightly earlier harvests. But its soil is also different – well-draining gravel (known as “graves” in French) as well as clay. As a result, a higher proportion of Merlot is planted here – as much as 50% in some estates. It has long been a well-known region for wine and was sought as early as the 1700s for its bottles. Due to its unique micro-climate, its wines can often be notably rich in riper vintages but also moderately herbaceous in cooler ones. Another more unusual characteristic is that it produces excellent white wines as well, which can sometimes be even greater than its reds. ...

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