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2010 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

Retail: $159.99

$124.99

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Rating
97 Pts James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

Color
White

Size
750 mL

ABV
13.5%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2010

Varietal(s)
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sauvignon Gris


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

grass, gooseberry, grapefruit, lime, melon, citrus, mineral, flint, fig, lemon, pear, saffron, bell pepper, apple, apricot and acidic

Nose

apple, pear, kiwi, citrus, stone, grapefruit, melon, apricot, quince, honey, pineapple, cream, lemon, honeysuckle, spice and floral

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James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com:

"Wonderfully complex nose in this white with ripe lemon, green papaya, lime peel and lots of ripe yellow peach. Full and focused, it offers a beautiful ripe acidity and silky texture on the palate. Long and precise finish with lots of flowers and mineral. What a wonderful white wine! Drink or hold."

Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"A stunning wine with hints of pineapple, caramelized citrus, mandarin oranges, smoky figs and hazelnuts, this is a full-bodied, rich, superb white Graves from the Cathiard family. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035."

Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte Blanc has a comparatively subtle bouquet with peach skin and nectarine scents, nicely defined but perhaps needing a little more vigour. The palate is a little simple compared to its peers, more backward and reticent, with green apple and shaved ginger towards the somewhat conservative finish. This is ageing beautifully in bottle - one of the finest Bordeaux whites of the vintage. Tasted January 2014."

Product Description:

"The 2010 vintage will be remembered for: - A sum of temperatures close to that of summer 2009 (962°C compared to 982°C), but much cooler than in 2005 (1,052°C)
– especially during the first three weeks of August. This locked in good acidity and gave the wines considerable aromatic freshness.
- Low rainfall from March to August 2010 (2 67mm) and dryness comparable to 2005 (227mm).

The white wine harvest began when Sauvignon Blanc grapes were picked on 02 September 2010.

Thanks to excellent weather conditions, we were able to take our time to harvest all the grapes at peak ripeness. We picked only in the morning to retain ma ximum freshness. We then stored the fruit in cold chambers and pressed it delicately over a long period... In short, we did everything possible to produce a very great white wine. The grapes were able to ripen exactly as we wished and the harvest progressed unhurriedly. Sugar levels were good, but so was acidity, and the juice displayed an intrinsic balance from the very first.

When the final blend was made, we were aware that this was a great white Smith Haut Lafitte. The colour is pale yellow with light green highlights and the nose displays lovely, assertive yellow fruit aromas (peach, apricot, and mango). With aeration, the bouquet goes on to reveal considerable depth and complexity with fruity (candied pineapple, peach), floral (acacia blossoms), mineral and empyreumatic nuances. The wine starts out very straightforward and is impressively smooth from the very first. It shows superb balance between richness, power, concentration and tension.

The aftertaste is very long and expresses all the potential on the nose. Featuring delicious overtones of citrus fruit, white flowers, flint, and brioche, the flavours are underpinned by beautiful acidity." -Winery

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