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96-Point, #8 Wine of the Year Now In-Stock "Gorgeous White Bordeaux" - 04/02/2017 - White Bordeaux

2013 was a brilliant year for White Bordeaux, and Wine Spectator noted that last year by giving Smith Haut Lafitte's Blanc the #8 Wine of the Year. With across the board critical acclaim, this is one of the true greats of Bordeaux Blanc and a thrilling wine that should be on everybody's radar. Now in-stock and direct from Bordeaux, we are thrilled to offer this gem at one of the best prices you'll find anywhere, with perfect provenance to boot.

Not only did 2013 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc nab a big honor from Wine Spectator, but it is also lauded by Antonio Galloni saying that collectors "will not want to miss it" and Neal Martin of Wine Adovcate saying that this is the wine from 2013 that he would load up on. Not much is made (about a quarter of the production of the red) so it becomes increasingly rare as time goes on. Make sure you take this opportunity to secure your allocation - it is a can't miss, thrilling rendition that won't be available for long.

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2013 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan ($99.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Dense yet agile Smith with dried apple, lemon, aniseed, and gunpowder aromas and flavors. Some stones too. Full body, very racy and fine." (02/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This has a gorgeous feel, with opulent fruit offset by racy herb notes and acidity, showing lemon sherbet, shortbread and white peach flavors backed by a salted butter and tarragon-laced finish, with hints of talc and fennel skitter in the background. Seriously long and still a touch youthful on the finish, this is one for the cellar. Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Sémillon. Best from 2017 through 2023. (JM)" (03/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is beautiful, but it is going to need time in bottle before offering its best drinking. Today, the 2013 is intensely mineral and tightly wound, both of which bode extremely well for the future. The combination of aging in barrel on the lees but blocking the malolactic fermentation results in a white of unusual texture, pedigree and pure class. Fans of the Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, and that includes me, will not want to miss the 2013. The blend is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris. (AG)" (04/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc offers a payload of grapefruit, guava and melon aromas that are beautifully integrated with the oak. The palate is fresh and vibrant, very harmonious with a hint of sour lemon that complements that subtle tropical tone. It slips down the throat with ease, completing a gorgeous white Bordeaux. If you are intent on buying just one wine in this off-vintage, this is the one I would load up on. (NM)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 11, 2017

There are some grassy, maybe slightly musky aromas on the nose, but a nice clear, floral aroma that is able to punch through. Yet the real exciting part of this wine is what happens on the palate. I was totally blown away by this wine. It has the beautiful, refreshing body and texture. The acidity is totally dialed in and exactly where it needs to be. The fruitiness is scaled back--this wine exudes sheer elegance. The lemon notes are there, as well as some quiet tropical tones, but the texture, weight, and balance of this wine really does all the talking.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 13, 2017

I tasted this at our weekly Staff Tasting on Tuesday, the 9th of May. I have always been a fan of Smith-Haut-Lafitte, both the red and the white but, this 2013 vintage Blanc is simply outstanding. It has the Smith-Haut-Lafitte cleanliness but, has a quite rich center palate with nectarine, melon and tart lime flavors. A very nice, lingering finish. This vintage for this wine is just lovely! Do not be afraid to stick it the cellar for a few years...it should age beautifully!