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Community Tasting Notes (24) Avg Score: 92.7 points

  • Made from a blend of 90% Sauvignon blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris, 5% semillon. An aromatic bouquet of exotic white floral, green yellow fruits of mangoes, melons and guavas. Smooth and well balanced with fine acidity and tension. It features a good intensity of green citrus fruits, subtle oak spice and hint of vanilla. Delicious.

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  • Very fine nose, with minerals, elderberries, grass, herbs and citrus.
    Very deep and fine.
    Palate is fresh and structured, with white pears, lemons, lime, fine minerals, fat and oily and a very fine acidity and cut.
    Some wetness on the finish.
    Rich and dense, with great texture and good concentration and focus.
    Still young, but very, very fine and enjoyable.
    (91 – 93+)

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  • Clear green light gold color. Somewhat muted nose of sea water, mint and limestone. I decanted this and it really helped. Quite refined and taut with flavors of white peach, grass and lime. Lots of good, crisp acidity which leads to a concentrated finish with notes of limestone minerals and smoky vanilla. Should improve with more bottle age. Well done. 91+

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  • Tasted next to 2000 Domaine de Chevalier blanc. This is obviously a bit more compact and tighter but still shows lovely complexity and depth on the nose - richness of pear, tropical fruit and honey combined with lemon peel, grapefruit, herbal and floral notes. Just wonderful. On the palate rich and substantial, slightly waxy but again good acidity, ripe fruit, some minerality as well. Super length. Not quite blossoming yet, but there lots of promise. Keep. 93-95(+)

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  • Ma première expérience avec ce vin.
    Une belle révélation.
    Au nez, on est sur les arômes d'abricots et de pêches, s'y ajoutant des notes herbacées (gazon humide) et de silex au 2e nez.
    En bouche, c'est rond et gras, sur les mêmes arômes de fruits avec une touche florale et une touche d'élevage au palais (non agressante, bien équilibrée). La finale est homogène et d'une belle longueur.
    Se buvait parfaitement seul avant le repas, mais tout de même un bel accord avec les crevettes sur le charbon de bois (les notes d'élevage se fondaient avec le goût du BBQ).
    Déjà très intéressant, je le garderais toutefois plusieurs années encore pour y découvrir les arômes tertiaires (qui m'ont émue sur un Laville Haut-Brion 1998 bu cette année et que je n'ai pas retrouvé dans d'autres appellations).

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2013, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc) Light yellow color; very aromatic, smoky, tart pear, grasses nose; tasty, classic, lightly oily textured, tart rounded pear, smoky, mineral palate; long finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16-17 points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)) What an unusual and exotic nose, the aromas more reminiscent of freshly cut honeydew melon than anything more readily related to the varieties employed. Fresh, brightly composed, attractive, I must admit I find it appealing. Rather an oily feel on entry though, and this stays through the midpalate, showing an exotically flavoured yet viscous style. There is acidity here, with an almost laser-like, minerally presence. And yet the composition just seems to have too much fat for me. If that changes during the élevage this could be lovely.

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