2011 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
This is truly great Smith white, with electrifying fruit and structure. It sends shivers down my back. Complex aromas of sliced lemon, minerals, stone, candied fruit and cream. It’s full-bodied, with bright acidity and a lively finish. It goes on for minutes. A wine for the future - but who can wait? Drink or hold.
Showing a judicious blend of new wood and ripe fruit, this is a wine that has a creamed-apple texture. It’s full of bright grapefruit, sweet apple and green plum flavors.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, pale yellow. Vanilla and clove complement green mango, green fig and floral aromas on the deep nose. Rich, dense and suave, with lovely balance to the white fruit and aromatic herb flavors. Finishes long and pure, with chewy vanillin oak tannins supported by mid-palate material.
Loaded with layers of blanched almond, white peach, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon fruit flavors, all backed by piercing chamomile, fleur de sel, citrus oil and green plum notes. The finish shows vivacious acidity. This is the rare dry white Bordeaux that actually needs cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Also great values, no tasting note given. (RP)
** Good, sweet fruit-pears, baked apples-with bracing acidity. Extremely rich. Superb as usual. At the château: Very fresh and crisp, with a ton of rich, creamy, layered fruit in the middle. Fresh, with plenty of acidity to carry through to the finish. Delicious. (Clyde Beffa, K&L)