Simply spectacular right now. Exactly what you pray for with a white Bordeaux. Currently in the league of HB Blanc. Refined, ripe pinneapple, pear, touch of honey complimented by wonderful, subtle tones of minerality at the mid palate and toward the finish- wet granite, stone dust. Really elegant, it has become a wow wine now versus a few years ago when it was still integrating. If you want a superb white bordeaux experience drink one now.
Stunning and perhaps at prime - complex nose of butterscotch, candy, sugar fruit, flint, a hint of spice and basil and then in the mouth a nice streak of gravel, flint, stone to set off still vibrant fruit. Lovely crunching finish of acidity that firms up the end notes. Very worth drinking right now.
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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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