Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2014
• Domaine: Château Smith Haut Lafitte
• Appellation (AOC): Pessac-Léognan
• Classification: Grand Vin de Graves
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
Wine Spectator rated the 2013 vintage of Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc as one of the Top 10 Wines of 2016. What the magazine has not got around to publish is that the 2014 vintage even surpasses the 2013 by a wide margin, according to all major wine critics who have published notes on the 2014 vintage.
"90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris, 5% Sémillon. Very rich, full and broad. Good acidity and undertow. Melons and grapefruit flavours but with a strong mineral element and the substance to develop." - Jancis Robinson, Rating 17/20
"The 2014 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is nearly seamless, with striking textural depth and terrific overall balance. The typical Sauvignon aromatics are a bit buried by the intensity of the fruit. In 2014, the Blanc is a wine of richness and texture. Lemon confit, white flowers, chamomile and orchard fruit meld into the creamy, sensual finish. The blend is 90 % Sauvignon Blanc, 5 % Sémillon and 5 % Sauvignon Gris. Tasted two times." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, Rating 94
"This is a great vintage for Smith Haut Lafitte white with focused flavors that are intense and quite concentrated on the palate. Flavors are intense, long on the finish with fresh acidity - all essential elements for long-term aging." - Jeannie Cho Lee, Rating 94
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