solid classy mineral based Blanc that was so classy. We drank a bottle and devoured a wheel of Camembert cheese crackers, prosciutto and toppled the crackers with rose petal and seedless Trappist made raspberry preserves. Really held up nicely with stone fruit, some greener tree fruit like green apple and pear. The mineral and finish is what delineated this wine. It's like a cutting liquid limestone with favors, acids and manners. Good finish that leaves you thinking. Maybe deserving of a higher score upon retrospect. It has major competition.
The aromatics dominant upon release are now muted by the massive creamy richness and structure of this wine. Quince and a touch of butter pecan ice cream and slight whiff of smoke. Very rich but carries its weight. Not surprising that it would lose its brightness and lift in this concentrated vintage. Fully mature. This is for rich seafood or Butter Chicken.
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(Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc) Light medium yellow color; very appealing, maturing, lime, ripe grapefruit nose; rich, tasty, ripe lime, saline, mineral, almond palate with firm texture; should go 15-20 years; medium-plus finish 94+ points
(Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan) There are aromas of smoke and appealing dried white fruits on the nose of this wine. The palate is full, ripe and plump, a rounded style, with only moderate acid and a gentle grip. A powerful style, well-polished, but as with my last tasting again the acidity isn't quite as lively as I would perhaps like. But it's good.
(Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan) There are some beautiful, lively aromatics here, something I have come to expect from Smith-Haut-Lafitte with its renaissance in recent years. It has a ripe exuberance that sings from the glass, more modern and tropical than some of its peers, and sometimes with a rather heady but not perfumed style. On the palate it is perhaps a little flashy, but it has a nice definition, rounded with fair acidity although it does not quite have the zip that I picked up when tasting barrel samples in March 2006. But the ripe, mineral-tinged style is true to form for this property. Very good.
(Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan) Lots of zippy and exuberant on the nose here, really quite exotic in character, but with a lime-like freshness. Lovely fruit profile to match on the palate, a ripe tropical fruit salad. But it has great acidity too, fresh and balanced. There is a sharp note on the back of the palate, but overall this has fine character. Very good indeed. Tasted at the 2005 Bordeaux en primeur tasting.
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