2013 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Leognan (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Pessac-Leognan
Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Review Score: 96WS #9 Top 100, 96JS, 94WA

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This has a gorgeous feel, with opulent fruit offset by racy herb notes and acidity, showing lemon sherbet, shortbread and white peach flavors backed by a salted butter– and tarragon-laced finish, with hints of talc and fennel skittering in the background. Seriously long and still a touch youthful on the finish, this is one for the cellar. Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Sémillon. Best from 2017 through 2023.

96 points, Wine Spectator (Mar 2016)

#9 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016

Dense yet agile Smith with dried apple, lemon, aniseed, and gunpowder aromas and flavors. Some stones too. Full body, very racy and fine. 90% savuignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris and 5% semillon. Drink or hold.

96 points, James Suckling (Feb 2016)

The 2013 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc offers a payload of grapefruit, guava and melon aromas that are beautifully integrated with the oak. The palate is fresh and vibrant, very harmonious with a hint of sour lemon that complements that subtle tropical tone. It slips down the throat with ease, completing a gorgeous white Bordeaux. If you are intent on buying just one wine in this off-vintage, this is the one I would load up on.

94 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 227 - Oct 2016)