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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, 2016
Bordeaux Futures Pre-Sale - Pessac - Leognan- 95 Pts WA

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, 2016
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Bordeaux Blend
Appellation
Bordeaux
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
97
Wine Enthusiast
96
Wine Advocate
95
Item Ships: Sep 30, 2019
2016 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale - 95 Pts WA
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The Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2016 Blanc is the classic blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon, picked from 12 to 24 September and matured in 50% new oak. It has a complex bouquet with citrus fruit, peach skin, lemon curd and a touch of lanolin that unfolds wonderfully in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a touch of wild honey on the entry. There is a spicy vein to this white Pessac-Léognan with a dab of ginger enlivening the refreshingly feisty finish. Bon vin!
Barrel Sample: 93-95 Points Wine Advocate

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Bordeaux Blend
Appellation
Bordeaux
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
97
Wine Enthusiast
96
Wine Advocate
95
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2016 Blanc is the classic blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon, picked from 12 to 24 September and matured in 50% new oak. It has a complex bouquet with citrus fruit, peach skin, lemon curd and a touch of lanolin that unfolds wonderfully in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a touch of wild honey on the entry. There is a spicy vein to this white Pessac-Léognan with a dab of ginger enlivening the refreshingly feisty finish. Bon vin! Barrel Sample: 93-95 Points Wine Advocate
Ratings
This wine is already beautiful. With spice, great swathes of lemon and crisp apple fruit, it is structured while also immediately appealing in its elegant purity. It will develop over many years; try to wait until 2025. Barrel Sample: 94–96 Points Wine Enthusiast
Awards
A dense and powerful white with wonderful depth and phenolic tension. Shows very pretty sliced-apple, lemon and pear character. Excellent finish. 90% sauvignon blanc with the rest semillon and sauvignon gris. Excellent follow-up to the 2015. Barrel Sample: 96-97 Points Wine Spectator
Production Notes
Blend: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris, 5% Semillon
Other Notes
Thanks to its 55 hectares of superb gravelly vineyards, Smith Haut Lafitte is often referred to as the "archetypical Graves." The estate's history goes back to the Crusades, and a Scottish navigator, George Smith, who became the owner of the estate in the 18th century. He was followed by M. Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux, and then Louis Eschenauer, a famous wine shipper. In 1990, Daniel and Florence Cathiard also fell under the spell of this beautiful estate. Since then, they have restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century manor house, built two underground cellars, went back to traditional vine growing methods without chemical herbicides and set up their own cooperage. The perfect elegance, excellent balance and fine structure of Smith Haut Lafitte's red and white wines are the ultimate reflection of the current owners' total commitment to quality.
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