2018 Les Hauts De Smith Blanc

- 750 ml
94
WS
Availability: In Stock
$39.99
Availability: In stock
Product ID
90861-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

There's lots to like here, with an already creamy-textured core of yellow apple, singed almond, brioche and straw notes. Shows the lower-acidity feel of the vintage, but not shy on depth or range.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
This is a really tangy and dense white with sliced white peaches and pears. Medium to full body, lots of fruit and a long, pink-grapefruit after taste.

James Suckling | 93-94 JS
Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc aging in 50% new oak, the 2018 Les Hauts De Smith Blanc offers a more mineral-driven, almost salty style as well as racy notes of lemon curd, crushed rocks, toasted spice, brioche, and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, concentrated, with racy acidity, it's a rockingly good white in a vintage that was difficult for the variety.

Jeb Dunnuck | 92-94 JD
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
I always love tasting this wine during En Primeur and just having a moment of pure pleasure, enjoy the crisp, pure fruit flavours. It's a very enjoyable wine, a little soft on the finish compared to other vintages, but with juicy fruit. It will be ready to go soon. 50% new oak. Drinking Window 2019 - 2025

Decanter | 91 DEC
The 2018 Les Hauts de Smith Blanc, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, is a gorgeous second wine from the château. Lemon confit, apricot, slate and crushed rocks develop in the glass. More than anything else, the Hauts impresses in the way it balances a richer expression of Sauvignon while retaining terrific focus and brilliance.

Vinous Media | 90-93 VM

More Information
Availability In Stock
Vintage 2018
Format 750 ml
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 Smith Haut Lafitte: Chateau Smith Hait Lafitte has over 800 years of history one could try and dig through, but one thing is certain even without any investigative work - their wines are absurdly delicious. The wines are as diverse as the terroir that gives them life, and you could spend a lot of time exploring everything they have to offer. On top of that, they age incredibly well, so if you give them enough time, they'll reward you more than adequately. Pessac-Leognan's already impressive viticultural reputation is further improved by the presence of Smith Haut Lafitte, and their wines are in high demand. If you manage to obtain a bottle or several, they will not only enhance your personal collection but serve as an ace up your sleeve for any social event you can think of.
Rating 94 WS
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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