Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Grand Cru Classe, Pessac Leognan Blanc, Bordeaux, France 2018
"Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with energetic citrus and stone fruit layers, with a satiny texture and bold freshness, finishing long and mineral laced." eRobertParker.com
|Grape Blend||Sauvignon Blanc 90%, Sauvignon Gris 5%, Sémillon 5%|
Smith Haut Lafitte offers scintillating quality and fantastic value-for-money from a left bank château, and its wines are some of the most charming in all Bordeaux.
Smith Haut Lafitte is owned by the amiable ex-Olympic skier Daniel Cathiard and his wife Florence, who have transformed the property and the quality of the wines beyond recognition since 1990. Smith-Haut-Lafitte is not classified as organic, but its practices are very much in the natural vein. They make their own organic compost and oak barrels.
Floral orange blossom and white stone fruit on the nose. Intense zingy tension here with citrus (grapefruit) freshness. The fruit is quite creamy and vanillin and has a precise minerality in the long finish.
"It features intense scents of lime leaves, pink grapefruit, white peaches and green mango with hints of yuzu, lemon meringue pie, crushed rocks and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with energetic citrus and stone fruit layers, with a satiny texture and bold freshness, finishing long and mineral laced." robertparker.com
"The 2018 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is gorgeous. One of the more pure, crystalline wines of the year, the Blanc is airy, lifted and very pretty. Time in the glass brings out attractive textural richness and creaminess in the lemon peel, floral and mint notes, with light tropical overtones that develop on the finish. In 2018, the Blanc is a wine of real brilliance and class." Antonio Galloni