Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc
The palate is laden with energetic citrus and stone fruit layers, with a satiny texture and bold freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.
- Bordeaux, France
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.
"The Smith Haut Lafitte 2018 Blanc is composed of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris, aging in 50% new oak barriques. It features intense scents of lime leaves, pink grapefruit, white peaches and green mango with hints of yuzu, lemon meringue pie, crushed rocks and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with energetic citrus and stone fruit layers, with a satiny texture and bold freshness, finishing long and mineral laced." 94-96/100, Lisa Perrotti Brown, Wine Advocate
"This is very dense and deep with glorious fruit and a creamy textured, very long finish. A superb young white. Energetic yet textured. Lots of sliced-lemon, lime and apple character with some cream. Top." 97-98/100, James Suckling
"You can feel a touch more ripeness here than in some years but they have beautifully captured flavours of fleshy yellow pears, freshly cut herbs and some slate and saline minerality. This should manage a long life and I am surprised here, as with a few whites this year, by the grip and sense of fun in the wine. It's not quite the 2017 again, but has its own claim for attention. 50% new oak. Harvested 24 August to 17 September, by far the longest ever at SHL. Technical director Fabien Teitgen said he started picking early because he was worried about losing acidity, but found it was actually much better than expected." 94/100, Jane Anson, Decanter