2018 Les Hauts De Smith Blanc

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2018 Les Hauts De Smith Blanc

Dried grapefruit, green mango and apricot, crushed gravel, blanched almond and lemon grass. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, tight layers and crisp acidity. Phenolic and dense with fantastic precision and length. Drink or hold.

James Suckling | 95 JS
The 2018 Les Hauts De Smith Blanc (100% Sauvignon) is a beautiful effort and well worth seeking out if you're a Bordeaux Blanc lover. Light gold-hued, with a terrific nose of lemon curd, white flowers, toasted bread, and honeysuckle, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a rounded, elegant texture, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's the finest vintage of this cuvée I've tasted.

Jeb Dunnuck | 94 JD
Smoothly textured with a line of citrus and apple flavors, this wine (one of two second white wines at the estate) has subtle wood-aging flavors that support the fruits and give richness and pleasure. The wine will benefit from a little further aging, so drink from 2022. Organic and biodynamic.

Wine Enthusiast | 94 WE
The 2018 Les Hauts de Smith is earthier on the nose compared to the Le Petit Haut Lafitte, and more mineral-driven, with subtle minty aromas infusing the citrus peel and desiccated orange scents. The beautifully balanced palate features seamlessly integrated oak, flecks of walnut and smoke-tinged citrus fruit. A spicy, peppery finish leaves the mouth tingling afterward. Superb.

Vinous Media | 93 VM
Racy and mouthwatering, with lemon peel, star fruit and jicama notes flecked with thyme along the way. Delicious. Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2023. 1,250 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 91 WS
Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc aging in 50% new oak, the 2018 Les Hauts de Smith Blanc displays pear drops, lemongrass, fresh pineapple and lime juice notes with touches of crushed stones, wet slate and mandarin peel. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with mouthwatering tropical fruit plus a pleasantly oily texture and a racy backbone, finishing with great length and vibrancy.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 91-93 RP
Ripe, with good grip. A little more subdued and less exuberant than some vintages. There's a little more tension through the body with the emphasis on citrus rather than apricot, but certainly this remains a brilliant white wine and one that is out to offer pleasure. Drinking Window 2021 - 2026.

Decanter | 90 DEC

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Vintage 2018
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
Rating 95 JS
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux White: In the world of wine, all other regions must bow before Bordeaux. The absurdly-talented white wine producers continue to assert their dominance by bringing out the true potential of varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Sauvignon Gris. If you have even the slightest bit of appreciation for fine white wine, these bottles will change your life.
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Varietal Sauvignon Blanc: This green-skinned wonder-varietal is one of the most represented white wine grapes in Bordeaux, and that fact alone gives it all the credibility you could ask for. Sauvignon Blanc is used for dessert wines and makes an excellent standalone varietal bottle. It's known as one of only a few wines in the whole world that can perfectly complement a plate of sushi. Outside of France, you can expect to encounter this varietal in Chile, Romania, Australia, Washington, California, and many other locations.
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