Château Smith Haut Lafitte white 2016 : a harmonious and elegant Pessac-Léognan
Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a Graves Classified Growth produced in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The white wine comes from a vineyard of 11 hectares, aged 40 years on average and planted on soils made up of Günzien gravel. The blend of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte white 2016 is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon.
At tasting, the château Smith Haut Lafitte white 2016 displays a pale yellow colour. The very expressive nose reveals explosive scents of citrus (pink grapefruit, citron) and yellow fruits (fresh mangoes, vine peaches), along with floral (acacia) and mineral notes (rifle stone). Harmonious and elegant on the palate, the wine is fresh, dense and reveals a formidable texture. Long, unctuous, complex, vivid, the Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2016 offers a finish with extraordinary salinity and subtle touches of flint typical of the gravelly soils of the estate.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2016 Blanc is the classic blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon, picked from 12 to 24 September and matured in 50% new oak. It has a complex bouquet with citrus fruit, peach skin, lemon curd and a touch of lanolin that unfolds wonderfully in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a touch of wild honey on the entry. There is a spicy vein to this white Pessac-Léognan with a dab of ginger enlivening the refreshingly feisty finish. Bon vin!