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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2009
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2009
(search item no. 111742)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
James Suckling rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $105.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 Smith Haut Lafitte blanc has an attractive brilliant yellow color. The nose is quite delicate with floral overtones. Its full aromatic potential is released with aeration, revealing hints of yellow fruit (vineyard peaches, apricot), flowers (honeysuckle, broom flowers), and a touch of flint. The wine starts out straightforward on the palate, filling out to become rich and powerful (this is undoubtedly a food wine). The aftertaste is delightfully flavorsome, with yellow fruit (mango, apricot, and candied pineapple), sweet spice, and gunflint. The finish is quite long and delicious, and the wine is altogether rich and savory.
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About Château Smith Haut Lafitte:

Thanks to its 55 hectares of superb gravelly vineyards, Smith Haut Lafitte is often referred to as the "archetypical Graves." The estate's history goes back to the Crusades, and a Scottish navigator, George Smith, who became the owner of the estate in the 18th century. He was followed by M. Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux, and then Louis Eschenauer, a famous wine shipper.

In 1990, Daniel and Florence Cathiard also fell under the spell of this beautiful estate. Since then, they have restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century manor house, built two underground cellars, went back to traditional vine growing methods without chemical herbicides and set up their own cooperage. The perfect elegance, excellent balance and fine structure of Smith Haut Lafitte's red and white wines are the ultimate reflection of the current owners' total commitment to quality.