The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc has a really enticing bouquet with Granny Smith apples, Mirabelle, freshly sliced pear and light, flinty aromas. There is plenty of energy here, perhaps even more than the following vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with pretty orange rind and tangerine notes on the entry. This is very focused and full of tension, the finish quite saline with impressive persistency. Drink 2022-2040.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020|
The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc was deprived of a hectare parcel of 80-year old Sauvignon that was pulled up last year. It has a focused bouquet with mineral-driven citrus fruit, yellow plum and honeysuckle, the 50% new oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with taut citrus fruit laced with pineapple and tangerine. There is a subtle tropical undercurrent to this Smith Haut-Lafite Blanc. It fans out generously towards the finish with a long and satisfying, lightly honeyed finish. This is a very fine white Smith Haut-Lafitte, already surfeit with pedigree that should age with style and panache. Drink 2021-2035.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
The 2017 Blanc prances out of the glass with pretty, cheerful scents of fresh green apples, lemongrass, lime leaves and white peaches plus spicy touches of fresh ginger, coriander seed and white pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic intensity and tension, with a racy backbone cutting through the tightly knit citrus and spice layers, finishing long and mineral laced. 2024 - 2053
|Score: 97+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020|
A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc with 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon, the Smith Haut Lafitte 2017 Blanc offers up gorgeous, super-intense scents of pink grapefruit, white peaches, kumquats and ginger with wafts of under-ripe pineapple, lime blossoms and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, it's very polished, sophisticated and wonderfully electric in the mouth, with sparks of citrus fruits, tropical notions and floral perfume exploding on the palate, finishing with epic persistence.
|Score: 96/98+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
This is fabulous white with sliced apples, pears, stones, flint and light cream. Really incredible. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished with superb finesse and density at the same time. A fantastic Smith white. A blend of 90% sauvignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris and 5% semillon. Drink or hold.
|Score: 97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
This shows serious density and beauty with fantastic complexity and dimension. Full-bodied yet so fresh and beautiful. Layered and tight at the same time. Exciting to follow this one.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is magnificent. In the glass, the 2017 reminds me of the superb 2013, but with less austerity and more depth. Jasmine, lemon confit, white flowers and mint are finely cut. Above all else, the 2017 Blanc is a wine of energy and pure pedigree. I loved it. The blend is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
Heady, intense nose with a little lanoline richness, a slightly catty overlay and a pungent finish. This is quite a showy wine though clearly successful. A little peachiness. Long.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2018|
Inviting, creamy, cedary aroma. Oak more evident than on most of the Pessacs tasted so far this morning in the UGC primeurs line-up – almost a note of honey – but perfectly balanced. Rich, mealy and full of ripe pear and a hint of orange. Impressive depth, harmony and persistence. Incredibly moreish even while embryonic.
|Score: 17.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This is rich, ripe and juicy on the nose with plush mango and passion fruit, creamy peaches and a hint of sweet smoke. The palate is plush, round and smooth with a seamless texture. Creamy lemon curd fruit coats the mid palate and allows the waves of fresh acidity to lift tropical notes to become juicy grapefruit and peach. The finish is long, spicy and generous, with a creamy texture. A superb and slick effort.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
A sophisticated, grown up white with the most beautifully placed savoury white peach flesh, shadowed by lime and tea leaves, and enclosed by slate. The fresh tension stands head and shoulders above many wines in this vintage. It's full of personality, zip and complexity, and is clearly going to age beautifully.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2034
|Score: 96||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
Taken from mostly older vines (60+ years) and this brings much more intensity and depth. Incredible and so vibrant, this is one of the great vintages because there is nothing too fat or oily about this wine and the oak is bright and almondy as opposed to nutty and spicy. Stunning and with great potential, this will be a wine which will age very well, but I will still on drinking it on the youthful side.
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|