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Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, 2021

Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, 2021

Château Smith Haut Lafitte | Bordeaux, France | 75cl
  • White Still
  • Organic
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Regular price £158.40
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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:

93-94/100James Suckling

"Both fresh and ripe with pleasing notes of green mangoes, papayas, limes and kiwi. Flint and shells, too. Medium-bodied with excellent tension and a textured finish. 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon. From organically grown grapes."

92-94/100Neal Martin, Vinous

"The 2021 Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc has a more generous nose than the Les Hauts de Smith Blanc thanks to the contribution of the 20% Sémillon. Yellow plum, dried pineapple and slithers of white peach feature on the nose. The palate is well balanced, taut and crisp, yet with real weight and depth. Lemongrass and stem ginger surface toward the finish. This punches well above its weight. A brilliant success and, frankly, within touching distance of the Grand Vin this vintage."

92-94/100Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2021 Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc dazzles with its crystalline precision and tension. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and white pepper all lend striking freshness and nuance throughout. Time in the glass brings out the wine's layers and natural concentration. Readers will find a taut, saline white full of character."

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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, and in just 30 years the Cathiards have accomplished what would normally take generations for us mere mortals

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