SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC 2019 75CL
“””A full-bodied, layered white with dried apples, pears and cream. Beautiful, very upfront and plush already. Love the richness and precision.”” James Suckling 96-97 pts
“”The blend this year is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 17th of September to the 10th of October. The wine is aging in French oak barriques, 60% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Smith Haut Lafitte is downright hedonic on the nose, rolling sensuously out of the glass with notions of warm cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, Black Forest cake and black raspberries with nuances of cinnamon toast, lilacs, camphor and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate juxtaposes remarkable energy and brightness with densely packed, rich, ripe black fruits, framed by wonderfully ripe, finely grained tannins and fantastically invigorating freshness, finishing long with mineral-tinged fireworks. Stunning!”” Lisa Perrotti-Brown 96-98+ pts
Smith-Haut-Lafitte is one of the great success stories of Bordeaux in the last 30 years. The highly competitive Cathiard couple took over the ailing property in 1990 and have invested money, sweat and tears to create not one but two of the most exciting wines of the Bordeaux region. Smith produces red as well as white wine and it is hard to say which is the better wine. 67ha are dedicated to red wine production with vines planted on a deep gravel plateau, hence the name Haut Lafitte.
No expense is spared at Smith Haut Lafitte and every decision taken revolves around the quality of the wine. Organic farming has been in place for many years. The estate also owns its own cooperage to manage the style of barrel it wants.
The white grape vines are planted on clay and limestone soils with 90% planted to Sauvignon Blanc and 5% to Sauvignon Gris and Semillon. The Cathiards claim to be the first to plant Sauvignon Gris, the variety which for them makes the difference.”
Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc