2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
* #19 in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2008.* Honey, apple tart, light toffee, cream and piecrust. Very complex and full-bodied, with lively acidity and beautiful clove honey, red apple and lemon flavors. Long, balanced and very lively. A massive white. Layered and beautiful. Made to age, but who can wait to drink this? Best after 2010.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Pure aromas of grapefruit, lemon drop, pear and spicy, vanillin oak. Dense and sweet, with lovely floral lift and bright acids leavening the wine's creamy richness. This is wonderfully layered in the middle palate, and finishes with superb palate-staining persistence. 'The same blend as always,' says Florence Cathiard, 'but richer in every respect.'
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A stunningly, rich, concentrated effort, the 2005 may be one of the finest whites Smith Haut-Lafitte has ever produced. It exhibits notes of honeyed oranges, honeysuckle, spring flowers, lemon grass, and melons. Gorgeous acidity, excellent concentration, and a beautiful texture result in an impressive, full-bodied wine to consume over the next two decades.
Full-bodied, this wine shows really ripe, generous fruit flavors, touched by wood, very round and intense. As an indication of its immaturity, the wood comes through to dominate the fruit. Give it 2 - 3 years.
Jancis Robinson: "Second fave. Mild, well balanced, neat nose - not flashy. Quite strongly Sauvignon at first then a good bottom of waxy Semillon character. Hint of smoke. Very satisfying wine." (8/2009)