Original
50 Ratings
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan Blanc

Wine Description

(2013 Vintage) 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. And the acidity dimension comes back to add lightness and freshness on a very long finale that emphasizes this wine aroma complexity through yellow and white fruits, broom flower, spices, vanilla, stone flint… A very mineral mouth, undoubtedly marked by the terroir.

Expert Reviews
  • Decanter
    Rating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Fullish yellow, still a hint cloudy. Rather green Sauvignon nose, grassy and very herbaceous, much better on palate, where the fleshiness of ripe fruit shows through. Still, a good, not great, example, with quite a bit of oak to slow up the fruit. (Tasted