2018 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Leognan

$122.95
(Net Item - no discounts apply)
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Always a textbook Bordeaux and constantly great value. The owners of Chevalier have a history dating back to 1155 and the generations of experience is on display here. The white wine is vinified in 30% new French oak barrels in special cold rooms held at 60F, this creates a long and slow fermentation adding to complexity and feel.
“This is dense and very structured with phenolic tension and depth. Full-bodied, lightly phenolic with sliced apples, cooked pears and lemons. Lively and intense. Solid as a rock. This is one to watch.” -JS
Pair this with some fresh crab legs or grilled trout for a stylish meal.

NOTE: PRE-ARRIVAL; PAYMENT IS DUE NOW; WINES ARRIVE IN FALL 2021; YOUR ORDER IS NOT FINAL UNTIL CONFIRMED BY YOUR WINE SCOUT.

Varietal:
White Blend
Winemaker:
Fabien Teitgen
Vintage:
2018
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
Pessac-Leognan
Total Varietal Composition %:
90% Sauvignon Blanc with 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon
SKU #:
1039608
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James Suckling

This is very dense and deep with glorious fruit and a creamy textured, very long finish. A superb young white. Energetic yet textured. Lots of sliced-lemon, lime and apple character with some cream. Top.

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Jeb Dunnuck

The grand vin is the 2018 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, which is mostly Sauvignon Blanc with 5% each of Sémillon and Sauvignon Gris, that’s being brought up in 50% new French oak. Deeper, richer, yet still racy and vibrant, it has gorgeous notes of tart pineapple, crushed citrus, salty minerality, and white flowers. Rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied, it's unquestionably one of the whites of the vintage

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Wine Enthusiast

This well-rounded wine offers flavors of ripe yellow fruit, apple and pear, with bright acidity to balance. The texture, concentration and intensity linger on the finish. The wine will age well.

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Wine Advocate

The Smith Haut Lafitte 2018 Blanc is composed of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris, aging in 50% new oak barriques. It features intense scents of lime leaves, pink grapefruit, white peaches and green mango with hints of yuzu, lemon meringue pie, crushed rocks and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with energetic citrus and stone fruit layers, with a satiny texture and bold freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.