Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2009


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Tasting Notes

Smith-Haut-Lafitte hit a home run with their red Pessac-Leognan and came very close to perfection with their dry white Graves. Possibly the best dry white the estate has produced since the proprietors, the Cathiards, acquired the property in 1990, this wine exhibits a sensational fragrance of buttered citrus, honeyed melons and a touch of grapefruit, lemon zest and orange rind. It also displays grapefruit on the attack and mid-palate as well as real opulence, terrific acidity and length. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. Astonishing!

Score: 98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

Tasted at the chateau. A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris, this has a fresh nose of green apple, cold stone, just a touch of granite and smoke. Opening up nicely in the glass. The palate is very taut with notes of green apple, lime, apricot and green gage, just missing a little length towards the finish but it has a good weight and intensity and there is a hint of Mirabelle that develops on the nose that lends it another dimension. Fine. Tasted April 2010.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin,, April 2010

Rich yet balanced with pineapple, sliced green apple and hints of citrus fruit with delicate cream undertones. Full, balanced and beautiful. Aniseed character as well, and fresh.

Score: 93/96James Suckling,, April 2010

Slightly greener tint than most. Rich and quite complex on the nose. Very broad flavours. Hint of pineapple. Lots of satisfaction and lip smacking with a nice undertow of minerality. Lots there. Tastes as though it had almost been stroked by the winemaker. Quite a bit of alcohol though. Pape Clément?? Date tasted 2nd April 2010. Drink 2011-2016.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2010

Impressive viscosity, melon, vanilla, rich peachy fruit. Quite oily, an exotic style but well balanced. Creamy.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2010

The fleshiness of pineapple enriches the nose backed by racier crisper citrus flavours. There is a lovely complexity on the palate sweetness, richness so well balanced by mineral freshness. The back palate is packed with flavour. Drink 2013-2020.

Score: 91/94Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Well up to the standard of recent vintages, this stand out Pessac-Léognan is as good as Domaine du Chevalier in 2009, which is high praise indeed. This is stylish and aromatic, with hints of fresh toast and minerally, match-stick reduction for added complexity. A wine with freshness, poise and ageing potential. Something to drink while you wait for your 2009 reds to mature. 5+ years.

Score: 94Tim Atkin MW, April 2010

Lemon yellow, very good florality and a slightly exotic touch with fleshiness added to the vibrant fruit and very good vineyard ripeness, a wine of ripeness that will show flnesse and depth. Drink 2013-18.

Score: 17.5Steven Spurrier,, April 2010

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