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2013 Les Hauts De Smith BlancSauvignon Blanc from France

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The 2013 Les Hauts de Smith Blanc, second label to Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, scored an astounding 94-95 points by James Suckling during his barrel sample tastings, during whi...

  • 94-95 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 91-93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
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94-95

"Fabulous intensity of dried pineapple, grapefruit and minerals. Full-bodied, tangy and intense. Wow. A new white wine from here. 100% sauvignon blanc." (04/14)

91-93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

"The 2013 Les Hauts de Smith Blanc (Sauvignon) is impeccable from start to finish. Pear, jasmine, slate and lime meld together in a vibrant, chiseled white long on class and personality. This striking, precise white will drink nicely for at least a few years. The Hauts de Smith Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc." (04/14)

Product Description:

The 2013 Les Hauts de Smith Blanc, second label to Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, scored an astounding 94-95 points by James Suckling during his barrel sample tastings, during which he raved about the white's "fabulous intensity".

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is a storied property, dating back to 1365 when the noble Bosq family started growing grapes on the same estate. Over the course of several owners, the estate experienced a major turning point when, in 1990, the Cathiard family bought the property and made major investments in both the vineyards and the cellar. The wines of Les Hauts de Smith are vinified and aged with the same care as the batches that will become the Grand Vin of the Chateau.

They initiated the concept of Bioprecision, an approach combining low intervention, almost entirely biodynamic viticulture, and a very detailed analysis of their terroir, soil and ripening of the grapes. In the cellar, they created something called a "Stealth Cellar", which was energy positive, and almost invisible from the outside by being partially underground and hidden by surrounding trees.

Here's the best part: Les Hauts de Smith is much more distributed in the French (and some European) markets, making this wine all the more special.

"I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at Smith Haut Lafitte. In 2013, the whites and reds are both terrific throughout the entire range. Winemaking remains pretty straightforward...the whites are aged on their lees in barrel, with the malos blocked. These remain some of the most distinctive wines in all of Bordeaux." - James Suckling

"Designed during the blending of Smith Haut Lafitte, the wines of Les Hauts de Smith are vinified and aged with the same care as the batches that will become the first wine of the Chateau.

The great white wines of Smith Haut Lafitte are, in fact, remarkable thanks to their strong personality, and inimitable because they reflect the essence of our terroir. We do everything within our power to bring out and enhance this personality.

We pick the grapes entirely by hand in several waves, just like in Sauternes, to harvest only the ripest, healthiest, bunches, leaving the others behind to ripen further.

The wine is entirely chateau-bottled on an ultra-modern bottling line in a nitrogen atmosphere to guarantee the quality and ageing potential of our great wines." - Winery

Product Detail

Item # 85989
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region Pessac-Leognan
Ratings

94-95 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

91-93 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Vintage 2013
Color White
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste grass, gooseberry, grapefruit, lime, melon, citrus, mineral and flint
Nose apple, pear, kiwi, citrus, stone, grapefruit and melon