2015 - Ch Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
White
Producer
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Sauvignon Gris / Semillon
Drinking
2022 - 2040
Case size
12x75cl
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2015 CH SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 12x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Sauvignon Gris / Semillon
Drinking
2022 - 2040
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,352.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 94+

    The 2015 Smith Haut-Lafitte Blanc has a fragrant bouquet of dried honey, white peach and light spicy aromas, unfurling with every swirl of the glass. The palate presents a slightly honeyed opening countered by acidity, but feels perhaps just a little too rich toward the second half. Tropical notes emerge on the finish. The balance is here and maybe this will give more with a couple of years in bottle. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 96-97

    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.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 18.5+

    (90 Sauvignon Blanc, 5 Sauvignon Gris, 5 Semillon) | 50% new oak. I ran into Smith Haut Lafitte because they have stopped showing their wine at the generic Graves tasting and so I had to squeeze in a stop at this property before I headed back into town to Haut-Brion. I was met by owner Florence Cathiard and ushered up to the tasting room immediately. In an effort to scribble down all of the details of the four wines I tasted at speed, I failed to make a complete note on this wine, so many apologies! Needless to say it is a star. More luxurious and much finer than the others, this is outstanding, silky and suave with incredible energy and moments of tender citrus fruit among the power and pomp.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 17

    5% 24-year-old Sauvignon Gris, 5% Sémillon, the rest Sauvignon Blanc - used to be 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Ploughed by horses for the last 15 years. They still have eight horses, boasted winemaker Fabien. 'Too many,' muttered co-owner Florence Cathiard. Fabien stopped skin maceration about four years ago to make the wine last longer. Broad and rich. Perfumed. Quite rich. Long and broad. Drink 2018-2025

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2016,
    Score: 94

    Picked over a period of three weeks to achieve extra complexity, this is a delicious white blend, combining stone fruit opulence with saline acidity, smoky oak and mouth-coating texture. It’s at the riper end of the spectrum in 2015, but has plenty of freshness, too. Drink: 2017-30

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2016,
    Score: 95-98

    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.

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Producer

Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Equally known for its red and white wines, Smith Haut Lafitte is particularly notable for producingclean, concentrated and consistent wines - qualities which have enabled it to be one of the mostpopular châteaux in the Graves region.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.