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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2013 France  Bordeaux  Pessac-Leognan White Wine  White Blend  Bordeaux 22941 11763 750ml
Product ID: 22941
Region: France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan
Varietal: Semillon, Sauvignon Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White Wine, White Blend, Bordeaux
Vintage: 2013
Size: 750ml
ABV%: 13.0
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"Château Smith Haut Lafitte offers a bright, vibrant pale yellow colour with green hue. The first nose, quite discreet, offers delicate notes of white fruits and flowers. Through aeration the nose open up to become very expressive, complex, rich with an explosion of yellow fruits, peach, apricot, mango, citrus fruits (grapefruit), sweet spices, star anise and even a hint of caramel. This nose, both mature and refreshing, reflects perfectly the good weather conditions at the end of grape maturation. On the palate, the subtle balance between acidity freshness and fruit maturity appears clearly to give the wine a harmony of ripeness, richness, tension and vivacity. The attack is tense, then the mouth enlarges to become dense, more unctuous with a sense of fatness." —winemaker
"A talc note gives way quickly to straw, verbena and shortbread flavors at the core, along with macadamia nut, lemon curd and brioche. Richly layered, with impressive range, this flattering style has nicely embedded acidity to carry it all. A gorgeous white in the making." —James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (2014)

"Why drink Silex from Dagueneau? This is really something exceptional with incredible density and power. Full-bodied, dry and mineral and lemon zest with fabulous length and beauty. This is definitely one to buy in 2013. 90% sauvignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris and 5% sémillon." —James Suckling

"The 2013 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is beautiful, but it is going to need time in bottle before offering its best drinking. Today, the 2013 is intensely mineral and tightly wound, both of which bode extremely well for the future. The combination of aging in barrel on the lees but blocking the malolactic fermentation results in a white of unusual texture, pedigree and pure class. Fans of the Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, and that includes me, will not want to miss the 2013. The blend is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris." —Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (April 2014)

"Fragrant, fruity, ripe and spicy, this is an impressive wine. The wood balances the fruitiness, giving a sense of structure, while crisp acidity gives the wine a fine lift at the end." —Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast Magazine (April 2014)

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