Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc (Futures Pre-sale) 2009
Smith-Haut-Lafitte hit a home run with their red Pessac-Leognan and came very close to perfection with their dry white Graves. Possibly the best dry white the estate has produced since the proprietors, the Cathiards, acquired the property in 1990, this wine exhibits a sensational fragrance of buttered citrus, honeyed melons and a touch of grapefruit, lemon zest and orange rind. It also displays grapefruit on the attack and mid-palate as well as real opulence, terrific acidity and length. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. Astonishing!
Finely balanced wine, just the right fresh, herbaceous fruit to go with the ripe, fat texture and a delicious squeeze of lemon. Ginger adds to the mix.
Barrel Sample: 93-95 Points
Medium-deep straw-yellow with a hint of gold. Deep, rich aromas of ripe citrus, beeswax and ginger. Enters the mouth creamy and almost sweet, with ripe tangerine, cantaloupe and fresh lime flavors. Then long and rather full-bodied on the back end, finishing with a refreshing mineral quality. For my money, this is one of the deepest and most complex white Smith Haut Lafittes of recent memory and one of the dry white wine stars of the 2009 vintage. This should be delicious upon release and offer pleasure anytime over the next 15 years.
This is really gorgeous, with creamed Meyer lemon, meringue and lime chiffon notes leading the way, backed by pure salted butter, straw and warm shortbread flavors. Long and rich, yet detailed and focused through the finish. Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Sauvignon Gris. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases made.
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