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Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan 2020

Sauvignon Blanc from Pessac-Léognan, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
WE 96-98
WD 96-98
DE 96
JS 95-96
WA 94-96
F 94-96
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Item # 344065

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$124.95

750ml
Pre-arrival (ETA: Feb 2023) 2 Available
 
96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a beautiful white wine in its balance and in its elegantly textured fruit and acidity. With richness balanced by the wine's crisp green fruits, there is complexity and depth here that gives the wine great intensity. For long-term aging."

96-98 points Chris Kissack (Winedoctor): "The grand vin has the usual blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. It was picked at a yield of 29 hl/ha, from 11 hectares of vines. You can sense the understated intent on the nose here;tasted alongside the two second wines it does not seem so immediately exuberant, but why should it? Spending a little time here I see notes of apricot cream, white chocolate and cherimoya fruits, with a thin vein that suggests a sandy, quartz-tinged minerality. The palate presents some of these fruits, but then shows its class not only with a richly textured substance through the middle, but also a firm and sinewy core, and then on top of that a decisive vein of fresh acidity and scratched-limestone minerality. Sometimes I wonder why people fall in love with the white wines of Bordeaux, but tasting this I will ponder this question no more. It finishes with a great saline minerally grip on the finish, and it has admirable length too, warming and tingling the palate. A true grand vin which stopped me in my tracks. Fabulous. The declared alcohol appears to be 14%. Two separate samples tasted, including one direct from the château, and the second gave me no reason to moderate my score. (Apr 2021)"

96 points Jane Anson (Decanter): "This brings together depth and power, concentrated and hugely saline right from the start. Rich in texture, with layers of stone fruits from nectarines to white peaches, with a steely edge that squeezes through the fruit, holds interest and adds persistency. A delicious white wine with the point of bitterness on the finish adding another dimension. Average yields 29hl/ha for the whites. 50% new oak. Harvest started August 20, one of earliest on record, through to September 9th. Certified organic (AB) as of 2019 in the vineyard. Drinking Window: 2022-2036. (May 2021)"

95-96 points James Suckling: "A tight, phenolic white with light tannins that give the wine form and balance. It’s full-bodied and lightly chewy with dried apple, lemon and peach. Minerally and chewy. Flavorful. From organic grapes. 90 sauvignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris and 5% semillon. (7/14/21)"

94-96+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): "The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak, 50% new, within which it will age for 12 months on lees with bâtonnage before spending a further two to three months in tank. It prances out of the glass with vivacious notes of lime blossoms, Golden Delicious apples and green mango, plus hints of coriander seed, shaved ginger and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate possesses lovely harmony even at this nascent stage, featuring bright apple and citrus flavors with soft acidity and a chalky finish. Drink: 2025-20237. (May 2021)"

94-96 points Peter Moser (Falstaff): "Light yellow-green, silver reflections. Fine spicy nuances, vanilla notes, ripe peach, pineapple, a hint of mint and lemon balm. Juicy, elegant and balanced, fine white stone fruit, has finesse yet is richly structured, mineral, salty, white pepper on the finish, light-footed and well-balanced. Well worth keeping for a few years. (5/28/21)"

95 points Wine Spectator: "Suave and caressing in feel, this drapes beautifully, with creamed yellow apple, gooseberry and lemon curd notes on the flattering side, offset by hints of tarragon, blanched almond and salted butter on the racier side. The finish is enhanced with paraffin and smoke hints. Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Sauvignon Gris. Drink now through 2030. (12/7/22)"

93-95 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is compelling. Soft, silky and caressing, the 2020 is all charm and seduction. Ripe pear, apricot, white flowers, mint and a touch of new oak are all deftly woven together. Best of all, the 2020 will drink well pretty much upon release. It's a gorgeous wine in the making. Drink: 2023-2035. (Jun 2021)"
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96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a beautiful white wine in its balance and in its elegantly textured fruit and acidity. With richness balanced by the wine's crisp green fruits, there is complexity and depth here that gives the wine great intensity. For long-term aging."

96-98 points Chris Kissack (Winedoctor): "The grand vin has the usual blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. It was picked at a yield of 29 hl/ha, from 11 hectares of vines. You can sense the understated intent on the nose here;tasted alongside the two second wines it does not seem so immediately exuberant, but why should it? Spending a little time here I see notes of apricot cream, white chocolate and cherimoya fruits, with a thin vein that suggests a sandy, quartz-tinged minerality. The palate presents some of these fruits, but then shows its class not only with a richly textured substance through the middle, but also a firm and sinewy core, and then on top of that a decisive vein of fresh acidity and scratched-limestone minerality. Sometimes I wonder why people fall in love with the white wines of Bordeaux, but tasting this I will ponder this question no more. It finishes with a great saline minerally grip on the finish, and it has admirable length too, warming and tingling the palate. A true grand vin which stopped me in my tracks. Fabulous. The declared alcohol appears to be 14%. Two separate samples tasted, including one direct from the château, and the second gave me no reason to moderate my score. (Apr 2021)"

96 points Jane Anson (Decanter): "This brings together depth and power, concentrated and hugely saline right from the start. Rich in texture, with layers of stone fruits from nectarines to white peaches, with a steely edge that squeezes through the fruit, holds interest and adds persistency. A delicious white wine with the point of bitterness on the finish adding another dimension. Average yields 29hl/ha for the whites. 50% new oak. Harvest started August 20, one of earliest on record, through to September 9th. Certified organic (AB) as of 2019 in the vineyard. Drinking Window: 2022-2036. (May 2021)"

95-96 points James Suckling: "A tight, phenolic white with light tannins that give the wine form and balance. It’s full-bodied and lightly chewy with dried apple, lemon and peach. Minerally and chewy. Flavorful. From organic grapes. 90 sauvignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris and 5% semillon. (7/14/21)"

94-96+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): "The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak, 50% new, within which it will age for 12 months on lees with bâtonnage before spending a further two to three months in tank. It prances out of the glass with vivacious notes of lime blossoms, Golden Delicious apples and green mango, plus hints of coriander seed, shaved ginger and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate possesses lovely harmony even at this nascent stage, featuring bright apple and citrus flavors with soft acidity and a chalky finish. Drink: 2025-20237. (May 2021)"

94-96 points Peter Moser (Falstaff): "Light yellow-green, silver reflections. Fine spicy nuances, vanilla notes, ripe peach, pineapple, a hint of mint and lemon balm. Juicy, elegant and balanced, fine white stone fruit, has finesse yet is richly structured, mineral, salty, white pepper on the finish, light-footed and well-balanced. Well worth keeping for a few years. (5/28/21)"

95 points Wine Spectator: "Suave and caressing in feel, this drapes beautifully, with creamed yellow apple, gooseberry and lemon curd notes on the flattering side, offset by hints of tarragon, blanched almond and salted butter on the racier side. The finish is enhanced with paraffin and smoke hints. Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Sauvignon Gris. Drink now through 2030. (12/7/22)"

93-95 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is compelling. Soft, silky and caressing, the 2020 is all charm and seduction. Ripe pear, apricot, white flowers, mint and a touch of new oak are all deftly woven together. Best of all, the 2020 will drink well pretty much upon release. It's a gorgeous wine in the making. Drink: 2023-2035. (Jun 2021)"
Product SKU 344065
Producer Smith-Haut-Lafitte
Country France
Region Bordeaux
SubRegion Left Bank
Appellation Pessac-Léognan
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage 2020
Size 750ml
Color White
Blend 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris
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