2020 - 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
2023 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2020 CH SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc / Sauvignon Gris / Semillon
Drinking
2023 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £576.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc was cropped at 29hl/ha and aged in 60% new oak barrels. It takes its time to unfurl on the nose, toying with the olfactory senses before revealing attractive honeysuckle, yellow flowers, jasmine, melon and very subtle chamomile scents, gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with an intense, concentrated opening, a little more viscous in texture than the Le Petit Haut Lafitte, deeper and a touch spicier. Veins of lemongrass and stem ginger appear toward the finish. This should drink well for 15–20 years. One of the best dry whites of the vintage.

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 96

    This brings together depth and power, concentrated and hugely saline right from the start. Rich in texture, with layers of stone fruits from nectarines to white peaches, with a steely edge that squeezes through the fruit, holds interest and adds persistency. A delicious white wine with the point of bitterness on the finish adding another dimension. Average yields 29hl/ha for the whites. 50% new oak. Harvest started August 20, one of earliest on record, through to September 9th. Certified organic (AB) as of 2019 in the vineyard. Drink 2022-2036

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is compelling. Soft, silky and caressing, the 2020 is all charm and seduction. Ripe pear, apricot, white flowers, mint and a touch of new oak are all deftly woven together. Best of all, the 2020 will drink well pretty much upon release. It's a gorgeous wine in the making. Drink 2023 - 2035

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris This is an absolute gem highlighting the extraordinary quality of Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux and how it competes with some of the finest whites in the world. Beautifully floral, it has the perfect balance between citrus and stone fruits, with hints of lime, peach and nectarine. I love the combination between the natural richness and the bright line of racy freshness. Delicious length, outstanding.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 97

    With the pop of grapefruit, white peach, lemon peel, flowers, orange rind and honeysuckle in the nose, and a creamy, sweet, fresh, juicy, slightly honeyed, lush, white peach and citrus finish, you have all the ingredients needed for a luscious, white Bordeaux wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon. 97

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17.5

    Hugely seductive nose as usual. None of the obvious skinniness of Sauvignon Blanc. This is rich yet tangy on the nose and tastes as though it has quite a portion of Sémillon in the blend. Lanolin richness on the nose. Some richness on palate entry gives way to really fantastic vibrancy on the palate. Very much in the house style and a real triumph. Hint of mint. Already pretty gorgeous. Long. Drink 2022 – 2032

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
    Score: 19+

    This is outstanding, with tremendous depth and broad swathes of citrus, almond, brioche and pineapple husk from start to finish and while this is a full-framed wine it is also one with epic balance from start to finish. The control and delivery of oak on display here is of the highest order and this wine can sit alongside any other from Bordeaux and most of the top candidates from Burgundy, too, such is its class. The acid and tension here are both thrilling and it will no doubt age extremely well, too.

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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.