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2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1461932 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the whites of the vintage is the 2017 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, which is based on 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each of Sauvignon Gris and Semillon. Offering a huge, salty, mineral-laced bouquet of crushed lemons, acacia flowers, pineapple, and crushed rocks, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, racy acidity, a stacked mid-palate, and a crisp, chiseled, lengthy finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It has the fruit and texture to drink nicely even today, yet my money is on it benefiting from 2-4 years of bottle age, and it should have over two decades of longevity. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is fabulous white with sliced apples, pears, stones, flint and light cream. Really incredible. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished with superb finesse and density at the same time. A fantastic Smith white. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Blanc prances out of the glass with pretty, cheerful scents of fresh green apples, lemongrass, lime leaves and white peaches plus spicy touches of fresh ginger, coriander seed and white pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic intensity and tension, with a racy backbone cutting through the tightly knit citrus and spice layers, finishing long and mineral laced. (LPB) 97+ Inner quote mark (3/2020)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine is distinct in its texture, with a mere hint of spice from wood. What makes it special is the harmony among perfume, acidity, texture and superb fruit. The wine finishes with a touch of saltiness. It needs plenty of time … *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A sophisticated, grown up white with the most beautifully placed savoury white peach flesh, shadowed by lime and tea leaves, and enclosed by slate. The fresh tension stands head and shoulders above many wines in this vintage. It's full of personality, zip and complexity, and is clearly going to age beautifully. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is very clearly one of the wines of the vintage. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2017 has so much to offer. Citrus peel, white flowers and mint are all generous in the glass. More than that, the 2017 offers an interplay of tension and textural opulence that is incredibly appealing. The blend is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Juicy energy ripples from start to finish, with gooseberry, yellow apple, chamomile, tarragon and verbena notes giving this a tangy and flattering character. Reveals a long salted butter edge on the finish. Lovely now, but will fan out and become plumper with time. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Lots of oak footprint in the aroma: mealy, creamy spice and cedar. But this is just the first impression. On the palate, the fruit really shows in depth and waxy lemon freshness. I am surprised there’s not more Sémillon in the blend given the breadth and richness but maybe this is where the Sauvignon Gris adds weight. Deep, rich and long and still mouth-wateringly fresh. (JH) 17/20 points Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc has a really enticing bouquet with Granny Smith apples, Mirabelle, freshly sliced pear and light, flinty aromas. There is plenty of energy here, perhaps even more than the following vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with pretty orange rind and tangerine notes on the entry. This is very focused and full of tension, the finish quite saline with impressive persistency." (02/2020)

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