2017 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

There's so much power, but it's in no way flat or unfocused. There's lovely concentration and tension with beautifully fresh fruit and great drive to a long, pithy finish. Impressive.

Critic score
96.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
In stock
£122.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2027
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2017 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

Inviting, creamy, cedary aroma. Oak more evident than on most of the Pessacs tasted so far this morning in the UGC primeurs line-up – almost a note of honey – but perfectly balanced. Rich, mealy and full of ripe pear and a hint of orange. Impressive depth, harmony and persistence. Incredibly moreish even while embryonic.

Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2018)
18/20

This shows serious density and beauty with fantastic complexity and dimension. Full-bodied yet so fresh and beautiful. Layered and tight at the same time. Exciting to follow this one.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2018)
(96—97)/100

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