The 2019 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc has a perfumed bouquet with citrus lemon, red apples, yellow plum and jasmine bursting from the glass. The oak here is wonderfully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with a perfect bead of acidity. It is not the most complex white Smith Haut Lafitte that I have tasted, yet it is full of tension with subtle spicy notes of ginger and lemongrass that enliven the persistent finish. There is a brightness and sophistication to this wine that is very persuasive. Superb. Tasted twice.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
The blend this year is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon, fermented in French oak, 50% new, within which it will age for 12 months on lees with batonnage. The Smith Haut Lafitte 2019 Blanc has a nose that unfolds in stages—offering intense white grapefruit, green mango, yuzu and orange blossoms scents to begin, giving way to hints of coriander seed, turmeric, shaved almonds and cedar chest with wafts of baking bread and beeswax coming through after some coaxing. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully opulent with layers of citrus, stone fruit and savory flavors and a seductive oiliness to the texture, finishing very long and fantastically refreshing. Wow-o-WOW, that is good!
|Score: 96/98+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020|
A full-bodied, layered white with dried apples, pears and cream. Beautiful, very upfront and plush already. Love the richness and precision.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
The 2019 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is creamy and beautifully textured. Orchard fruit, mint, white flowers, lemon confit and white pepper confer briskness to a white that nicely balances the natural richness of the year with freshness that comes from picking on the early side. A dollop of Sémillon adds richness and textural depth.
|Score: 92/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
Poached pear, passion fruit and sweet spice on this ripe and opulent nose. The palate shows layers of sweet and toasty oak but an equal intensity of rich, tangy fruit at the core. Tangerine, grapefruit and waxy lemons are all on show and bring some freshness with zippy acidity. This is a sweetly spiced, modern but fine example of white Bordeaux.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2020|