2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
A nicely developed wine at 8 years old, this has intense guava and lemon with a gently herbal edge, some tropical fruits too, really quite exotic yet regal, some honey and nougat. The palate has richness and ripeness and a fully-formed shape, great width and depth and a sturdy spine of acidity below quite ripe fruit. The finish has a chalky edge, great resolve, it’s ready to drink but there’s time ahead of you prefer a more complex and toasty, savoury style.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another gorgeous white Graves from this vintage, this wine offers up notes of honeysuckle, lanolin, sweet citrus, and hints of orange peel as well as quince and white currants. It is medium to full-bodied, with fresh acidity, subtle nuances of smoky oak, and a long finish. It should drink well for 15 or more years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Aromas of apricot, honey and resin. Dense, ripe and serious, with lovely volume and lift to the stone fruit and spice flavors. A very round, mouthcoating wine in which one can taste the 5% Semillon component (the wine also contains 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Sauvignon Gris). This tastes like lower acidity than the 2007, but there is no shortage of energy. (ST)
Offers dried pineapple and lemon, with hints of cream and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with layers of fruit—from mango to papaya—with a little cream. Balanced and pretty. Creamy and delicious. Subtle. Why wait?
Fabulous nose: really toasty and rich and deeply spiced. Full and almost a little sour on the palate but the fruit depth balances all that tertiary complexity to keep it fresh. Deep and long and broad – you’d think there was more Sémillon in the blend. (17.5/20 points)
93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. A lovely fragrant bouquet, quite a lot of new oak but well subsumed into the fruit. Beeswax, honeysuckle, green lemon and a touch of dried pineapple. Good definition. The palate is medium-bodied, good weight here and slightly viscous. It has the complexity of a great Laville Haut-Brion but quite backward and complex on the finish with lovely dried apricot, walnut and spice lingering on the palate. Superb." (07/2010)