2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1050913 93 points James Suckling

 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.  (6/2014)

93 points 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)  (2/2009)

92 points 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)  (5/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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?  (3/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

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)

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.