2020 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

2020 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

Critic score
94.25/100 info
En primeur info
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Wine details

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    No Drink Dates Availableinfo
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)

Tasting notes

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.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2021)

The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc was cropped at 29hl/ha and aged in 60% new oak barrels. It takes its time to unfurl on the nose, toying with the olfactory senses before revealing attractive honeysuckle, yellow flowers, jasmine, melon and very subtle chamomile scents, gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with an intense, concentrated opening, a little more viscous in texture than the Le Petit Haut Lafitte, deeper and a touch spicier. Veins of lemongrass and stem ginger appear toward the finish. This should drink well for 15–20 years. One of the best dry whites of the vintage.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)

Cask sample. Creamy, generous style where the Sauvignon is ripe rather than herbal, which works well. Succulent acidity still gives refreshment on the finish. Drinkable now, but has a decade of potential too.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)

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