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40 Ratings
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Leognan
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Wine Details

Region

BordeauxFrance

Wine Description

(From 2010 Vintage) Château Smith Haut Lafitte white 2012 offers a bright, vibrant pale yellow colour with green hue. The first nose, quite discreet, offers delicate notes of white fruits and flowers. Through aeration the nose open up to become very expressive, complex, rich with an explosion of yellow fruits, peach, apricot, mango, citrus fruits (grapefruit), sweet spices, star anise and even a hint of caramel. This nose, both mature and refreshing, reflects perfectly the good weather conditions at the end of grape maturation. On the palate, the subtle balance between acidity freshness and fruit maturity appears clearly to give the wine a harmony of ripeness, richness, tension and vivacity. The attack is tense, then the mouth enlarges to become dense, more unctuous with a sense of fatness.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2009 Vintage) Château Smith Haut Lafitte white 2012 offers a bright, vibrant pale yellow colour with green hue. The first nose, quite discreet, offers delicate notes of white fruits and flowers. Through aeration the nose open up to become very expressive, complex, rich with an explosion of yellow fruits, peach, apricot, mango, citrus fruits (grapefruit), sweet spices, star anise and even a hint of caramel. This nose, both mature and refreshing, reflects perfectly the good weather conditions at the end of grape maturation. On the palate, the subtle balance between acidity freshness and fruit maturity appears clearly to give the wine a harmony of ripeness, richness, tension and vivacity. The attack is tense, then the mouth enlarges to become dense, more unctuous with a sense of fatness.

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 100/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2012
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2011 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/21/2014
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 93-95 - As reviewed by Robert Parker
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: (93-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 170 on Apr-07