2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc
Bordeaux Blanc - 1.5L
  • WS 96
  • WE 96
  • JS 96
  • IWC 94
  • NM 94
  • WA 93

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WS 96
Wine Spectator, April 2012
Shows lovely ripeness with peach melon rind and yellow apple fruit flavors but still plenty tangy with fleur de sel and gooseberry notes along the edges. Very long with a great interplay between ripe fruit and bracing... Shows lovely ripeness with peach melon rind and yellow apple fruit flavors but still plenty tangy with fleur de sel and gooseberry notes along the edges. Very long with a great interplay between ripe fruit and bracing minerality. Mouthwatering finish.-J.M.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
Showing a judicious blend of new wood and ripe fruit this is a wine that has a creamed-apple texture. It's full of bright grapefruit sweet apple and green plum flavors. - R.V.
JS 96
jamessuckling.com, January 2014
This is truly great Smith white, with electrifying fruit and structure. It sends shivers down my back. Complex aromas of sliced lemon, minerals, stone, candied fruit and cream. It’s full-bodied, with bright acidity and a... This is truly great Smith white, with electrifying fruit and structure. It sends shivers down my back. Complex aromas of sliced lemon, minerals, stone, candied fruit and cream. It’s full-bodied, with bright acidity and a lively finish. It goes on for minutes. A wine for the future - but who can wait? Drink or hold.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2012
Bright pale yellow. Vanilla and clove complement green mango green fig and floral aromas on the deep nose. Rich dense and suave with lovely balance to the white fruit and aromatic herb flavors. Finishes long and pure... Bright pale yellow. Vanilla and clove complement green mango green fig and floral aromas on the deep nose. Rich dense and suave with lovely balance to the white fruit and aromatic herb flavors. Finishes long and pure with chewy vanillin oak tannins supported by mid-palate material.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris this has a lifted mineral-rich bouquet scents of oyster shell yuzu and apricot with fine delineation (the Sauvignon Blanc not particularly... A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris this has a lifted mineral-rich bouquet scents of oyster shell yuzu and apricot with fine delineation (the Sauvignon Blanc not particularly evident.) It is very attractive and very well defined. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry showing more weight and structure than the Les Haut de Smith but has a similar flavour profile. It has a satisfying citric kick on the finish. Excellent.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2012
No tasting note given.
JJB 96
JJ Buckley, April 2012
90% sauvignon blanc 5% sauvignon gris 5% semillon. Fermented in vat then aged in a combination of 50% new and 50% one year old oak. The vines are planted on gravel soils. An exotic tropical nose of pineapple lemon peel... 90% sauvignon blanc 5% sauvignon gris 5% semillon. Fermented in vat then aged in a combination of 50% new and 50% one year old oak. The vines are planted on gravel soils. An exotic tropical nose of pineapple lemon peel and passion fruit with good ripeness and lots of focus. On the palate the precise fruit lingers underscored by chalky minerality and notes of wet stone. Fresh and vivacious this is a superb young wine that will be a pleasure on release and should age gracefully for decades to come.
Color & Type White
Varietal Bordeaux Blanc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2011

Winery

Smith-Haut-Lafitte

As early as 1365, grapes have been grown on the property now known as Smith-Haut-Lafitte. Originally owned by the noble Bosq family, the estate was purchased in the 18th century by Scotsman George Smith. Its present name was taken from Smith and the Pessac region’s gravel plateau known as Lafitte.

In 1842, Mr. Duffour-Dubergier, mayor of Bordeaux and an enthusiastic winegrower, inherited Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte from his mother and brought the wine up to great growth status. The property changed hands again in 1958 when it was purchased by the Louis Eschenauer Company. After the Eschenaueur period came to an end, a great deal of money has been invested in the estate, particularly on the construction of a superb underground cellar holding over 1,000 barrels.

In 1990, Daniel Cathiard fell in love with the property and joined the list of prestigious owners, firmly intending to further enhance Smith-Haut-Lafitte's tradition of excellence. He combined the most modern winemaking techniques with age-old artisanal methods, including organic compost, small wooden vats, and lees-aging. Famous around the world for its wonderfully elegant red wine and the sophisticated bouquet of its white wine, Smith-Haut-Lafitte undoubtedly deserves the special care that is lavished on it.