The grand vin, the 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte, offers up lovely honeysuckle, orange marmalade, white peach, fig, and caramelized citrus notes. Medium to full-bodied, with great concentration and length, and a stunningly long finish, it should last for 20-25 years. Drink 2015-2040.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Under the capable hands of the Cathiard family, this property has been producing fabulous red and white wines. The 2012, another brilliant effort, exhibits notes of orange rind, figs, mangoes, pineapples and caramelized citrus presented in a full-bodied, heady, powerful style. It should drink well for 15-20 years.
|Score: 93/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013|
Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting. The 2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc has an intense bouquet with mint-fresh Granny Smith apple scents, quite exotic compared to its peers, greengage and gooseberry, a touch of tinned apricot. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with lime and gooseberry notes, the acidity well judged, a healthy veneer of new oak, but it is totally in sync with the fruit. Give this 4-5 years for everything to fully assimilate and you will have a splendid white Bordeaux. This is pure nectar. Tasted January 2016.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (227), October 2016|
Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris (the latter to increase the density of the wine), the 2012 has a well-defined bouquet with lime, fresh apple, apricot blossom and cold stone. The palate is very well balanced with fresh dewy green apples, lime and citrus peel. There is a slight resinous quality on the spicy/lemongrass finish imparted by the Sauvignon Gris, with very good length. This is an excellent wine. Tasted April 2013.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013|
This is fabulous. It's a white that is so vertical with wonderful depth of fruit and structure. It goes on for minutes. Dense and complex. It's so structured and amazing. Peaches and mineral with a salty and savory character. It is captivating to taste now.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013|
The 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is a supple, immediate wine. Pear, quince, white flowers, slate and mint all meld together in an effortless, gracious wine to enjoy now and over the next few years. Today the 2012 comes across as a bit one dimensional and not as complex nor complete as the very best years, and yet it is absolutely gorgeous, a testament to just how privileged this site is.
|Score: 93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016|
Slightly stinky Sauvignon aromas. Tight. Then it broadens and sweetens on the palate to something much richer and more distinctive. Just a little sugary but this is to split hairs.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013|
11 hectares at Smith Haut Lafitte are planted with white varieties - 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon. Elevage of the white wine is in 50% new oak. Lemons, pineapples and melons on the nose here. The palate is sexy, plump and exotic like a tropical fruit juice, but balanced with citrus zip and fresh acidity. Concentrated, long and spicy. Very impressive.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, March 2013|
The nose has an attractive floral character with lots of fresh lime and lemon. Although there is freshness on the start of the palate the mid palate is rich with lots of ripe tropical fruits and melon fleshiness. The grapefruit and apple on the back palate refreshes and brings out the flavours on the finish. 2014-19.
|Score: 88/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2013|
The white wine from this excellent property isn't quite as good as the red in 2012, but that's
partly a reflection of the high quality of the latter wine. This is still a special blend: leesy,
exotic and ripe, with hints of pineapple and stone fruit, a touch of tangerine and a broad,
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013|