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Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2013

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pessac-Léognan
Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

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Tasting Notes

***Number 9 in 2016 Top 100.*** This has a gorgeous feel, with opulent fruit offset by racy herb notes and acidity, showing lemon sherbet, shortbread and white peach flavors backed by a salted butter– and tarragon-laced finish, with hints of talc and fennel skittering in the background. Seriously long and still a touch youthful on the finish, this is one for the cellar. Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Sémillon. Best from 2017 through 2023.

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, November 2016

This spectacular dry white is usually 90% Sauvignon Blanc and the balance Sauvignon Gris. Copious notes/aromas of peach, honeyed grapefruit, spring flowers and a caramelized melony aspect can be found in this very elegant, pure, complex dry white. Medium-bodied, crisp, fresh and deep, this 2013 can evolve for 12-15 years or more.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

The 2013 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc offers a payload of grapefruit, guava and melon aromas that are beautifully integrated with the oak. The palate is fresh and vibrant, very harmonious with a hint of sour lemon that complements that subtle tropical tone. It slips down the throat with ease, completing a gorgeous white Bordeaux. If you are intent on buying just one wine in this off-vintage, this is the one I would load up on.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (227), October 2016

Dense yet agile Smith with dried apple, lemon, aniseed, and gunpowder aromas and flavors. Some stones too. Full body, very racy and fine. 90% savuignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris and 5% semillon. Drink or hold.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2016

11 hectares at Smith Haut Lafitte are planted with white varieties - 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon. A bright pale lemon colour with a rich, exotic nose of pineapple, mango and toast. The palate has a pronounced intensity and good weight which is balanced by crisp acidity. More exotic fruits - passionfruit, melon and pineapple - layer the palate. A modern, but delicious style, with a long finish.

Farr Vintners, April 2014
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2014
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A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, the Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc has a tightly wound bouquet: sultry at the moment with light gooseberry and Granny Smith apples. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, citrus lemon and lime zest, with a gradual build towards its precise finish. Excellent. Tasted March 2014.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2014

Why drink Silex from Dagueneau? This is really something exceptional with incredible density and power. Full-bodied, dry and mineral and lemon zest with fabulous length and beauty. This is definitely one to buy in 2013. 90% savuignon blanc, 5% sauvignon grid and 5% sémillon.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2014
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