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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, 2022

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, 2022

Château Smith Haut Lafitte | Bordeaux, France | 75cl
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The château overlooks the vines from atop a hill (or “la fitte” in local dialect) composed of river stones and semi-precious pebbles deposited by the Garonne millions of years ago.

Consisting of günz gravel, Smith Haut Lafitte’s terroir has two astonishing features: superb natural drainage forcing the vine roots to sink deep into the soil in order to find nourishment, and a “mirror effect” of the sun’s rays reflected by the gravelly soil.

What the critics say:

96/100Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

"This has structure and depth, serious tension, with slate, vibrant citrus, graphite, white pear, apricot, aniseed, liquorice, star anise, creamy but with a slice of steel that cuts through it. Brilliant quality, this is a standout white. Harvest August 18 to September 2. 50% new oak. Technical director Fabien Teitgen."

95-97/100Jeb Dunnuck

"The flagship 2022 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is a normal blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each of Sauvignon Gris and Sémillon. Aged in 55% new French oak, it shines in the vintage and brings plenty of classic richness and depth while at the same time staying pure, clean, and balanced. Honeyed lemon, orange blossom, white flowers, and crushed stone all define the aromatics, and it has a beautiful mouthfeel that certainly brings the richness and depth of the vintage. This is another gem of a white from this incredible château."

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About Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Château Smith Haut Lafitte’s rise from rundown château to the very front rank of Bordeaux is a story that will be told long into the future. In just 30 years the Cathiards have accomplished what would normally take generations for us mere mortals.

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