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Château-Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac Leognan Blanc 2010

Château-Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac Leognan Blanc 2010


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When the final blend was made, we were aware that this was a great white Smith Haut Lafitte. The colour is pale yellow with light green highlights and the nose displays lovely, assertive yellow fruit aromas (peach, apricot, and mango). With aeration, the bouquet goes on to reveal considerable depth and complexity with fruity (candied pineapple, peach), floral (acacia blossoms), mineral and empyreumatic nuances. The wine starts out very straightforward and is impressively smooth from the very first. It shows superb balance between richness, power, concentration and tension. The aftertaste is very long and expresses all the potential on the nose. Featuring delicious overtones of citrus fruit, white flowers, flint, and brioche, the flavours are underpinned by beautiful acidity.
Category White Wine
Region France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan
Brand Château-Smith-Haut-Lafitte
  • we95

Wine Enthusiast"Cellar Selection" A rich, ripe and finely balanced wine. Its acidity cuts through the full pear and apricot flavors to give a tight crispness. At this stage, it is all fruit and acidity, but it does have the potential for greatness with a more complex sense coming from the wood aging and the fine, tight texture.

Roger Voss, May 1, 2013
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateA stunning wine with hints of pineapple, caramelized citrus, mandarin oranges, smoky figs and hazelnuts, this is a full-bodied, rich, superb white Graves from the Cathiard family. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.

Robert Parker, February 2013
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorThis crackles with thyme and savory notes, offsetting the powerful core of lemon curd, white peach and fennel. The long, pure finish has a stony thread and extra waves of fruit and herb. Drink now through 2019.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2013