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2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539610 95-96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A tight, phenolic white with light tannins that give the wine form and balance. It’s full-bodied and lightly chewy with dried apple, lemon and peach. Minerally and chewy. Flavorful. From organic grapes. 90 sauvignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris and 5% semillon. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak, 50% new, within which it will age for 12 months on lees with bâtonnage before spending a further two to three months in tank. It prances out of the glass with vivacious notes of lime blossoms, Golden Delicious apples and green mango, plus hints of coriander seed, shaved ginger and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate possesses lovely harmony even at this nascent stage, featuring bright apple and citrus flavors with soft acidity and a chalky finish. (LPB) 94-96+ Inner quote mark (5/2021)

92-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc was cropped at 29hl/ha and aged in 60% new oak barrels. It takes its time to unfurl on the nose, toying with the olfactory senses before revealing attractive honeysuckle, yellow flowers, jasmine, melon and very subtle chamomile scents, gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with an intense, concentrated opening, a little more viscous in texture than the Le Petit Haut Lafitte, deeper and a touch spicier. Veins of lemongrass and stem ginger appear toward the finish. This should drink well for 15–20 years. One of the best dry whites of the vintage. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2021 | Send Email
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This wine has steadily improved since the 90s-Tasted in Redwood city from a 10-day old sample. Stunning wine which is creamy and lush on the palate. Citrus and a touch of toasty oak on the nose. Big wine with incredible long finish. Fantastic.
Drink from 2024 to 2035

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