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Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2015

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pessac-Léognan
Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

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Tasting Notes

Very subtle and complex with sliced cooked apples, pie crust and hints of oyster shell as well as Iodine. Full-bodied, tight and layered with mineral and true terroir character. Just a touch of seamless tannins. Solid and fresh. Needs decanting young. Serious for aging. Better in 2020.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc needs a fair bit of swirling to unlock scents of warm yellow apple, white peaches, and lime leaves with underlying scents of cedar chest, coriander seed, and wet pebbles. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a silken texture and seamless freshness supporting the tightly wound citrus and mineral fruits, finishing on a chalky note.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, November 2022

The 2015 Smith Haut-Lafitte Blanc has a fragrant bouquet of dried honey, white peach and light spicy aromas, unfurling with every swirl of the glass. The palate presents a slightly honeyed opening countered by acidity, but feels perhaps just a little too rich toward the second half. Tropical notes emerge on the finish. The balance is here and maybe this will give more with a couple of years in bottle. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

Ploughed by horses for the last 15 years. They still have eight horses, boasted winemaker Fabien. 'Too many,' muttered co-owner Florence Cathiard. Fabien stopped skin maceration about four years ago to make the wine last longer.
Broad and rich. Perfumed. Quite rich. Long and broad.
Drink 2018-2025

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

Rich cedary nose. Spicy and mealy and still bright with citrus fruit. Gorgeous and balanced. Full and long. (JH) 14%
Drink 2018-2028

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

11 hectares at Smith Haut Lafitte are planted with white varieties - 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon. Honeyed melon and red apples on the nose here. The palate is ripe and creamy with tarte tatin, passion flower and a hint of mint overlaying spicy coriander and wood smoke from the new oak. The texture builds an oily fatness to pair with the crisp acidity, allowing this wine to finish ripe, smooth and long.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

I was able to taste the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc twice and it showed beautifully on both occasions. Based on 90% Sauvignon Blanc and the balance Sémillon and Sauvignon Gris, aged in plenty of new wood, this ripe, sexy 2015 knocks it out of the park with its citrus oil, caramelized lemons, tangerine and honeysuckle aromatics. This palate doesn’t lose a beat either and is full-bodied and concentrated, with vibrant acidity and blockbuster length. I’d drink bottles over the coming 10-15 years, yet I suspect it will keep longer. It’s in the top 2-3 whites of the vintage. 2018 - 2033

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

The mix of citrus fruits is fresh the nose bright but it fills out in the middle rich ripe pineapple a hint of apricot the sweet fruit underpinned by lime freshness. Light and floral on the back palate the finish long with a mix of fresh fruits.

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Picked over a period of three weeks to achieve extra complexity, this is a delicious white
blend, combining stone fruit opulence with saline acidity, smoky oak and mouth-coating
texture. It’s at the riper end of the spectrum in 2015, but has plenty of freshness, too.
Drink: 2017-30

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

It is a star. More luxurious and much finer than the others, this is outstanding, silky and suave with incredible energy and moments of tender citrus fruit among the power and pomp.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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Composed of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris, the Smith Haut Lafitte 2015 Blanc has an incredibly compelling nose of ripe apricots, passion fruit, honeyed lemons and crushed stones with a hint of lime blossoms. Medium-bodied, super intense and super minerally, the palate sings of stone fruit and citrus layers with plenty of zip and zing, finishing with incredible persistence, alluring fruitiness and a savory contrast that will keep you reaching for another glass. 2020 - 2037

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

The Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2015 Blanc has a very subtle, nuanced bouquet at first that demands more coaxing, but eventually it offers lovely citrus peel, linden, wet stone and yellow flower scents that gather momentum with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with beautifully integrated new oak. It is a more discrete style of Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc compared to recent vintages, a wine that will repay those with the patience to give this two or more years in bottle. Very sophisticated. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2035.

Neal Martin, March 2018

The 2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sauvignon Blanc matured in 50% new oak. It has a crisp, conservative bouquet, tightly wound at first, reticent even, though with a couple of minutes' swirling, it reveals intense fresh lime flower, pink grapefruit, guava and blood orange scents. The palate is extremely well balanced with a silver bead of acidity, a dab of sour lemon than cleanses the mouth, followed by pink grapefruit, citrus lemon and green apple notes towards the long finish. This is another outstanding white Smith-Haut-Lafitte from winemaker Fabien Tietgen and the famille Cathiard.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A beautiful white with pretty density and richness. Bright and clear with intense aromas and flavors of lilacs and stones. Some violet. Full and bright. Firm phenolic tension. Bright acidity.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016
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