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2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte - Blanc

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / GRAVES
  • 95 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 59177-2005-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    A stunningly, rich, concentrated effort, the 2005 may be one of the finest whites Smith Haut-Lafitte has ever produced. It exhibits notes of honeyed oranges, honeysuckle, spring flowers, lemon grass, and melons. Gorgeous acidity, excellent concentration, and a beautiful texture result in an impressive, full-bodied wine to consume over the next two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Honey, apple tart, light toffee, cream and piecrust. Very complex and full-bodied, with lively acidity and beautiful clove honey, red apple and lemon flavors. Long, balanced and very lively. A massive white. Layered and beautiful. Made to age, but who can wait to drink this? 3,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Pale yellow. Pure aromas of grapefruit, lemon drop, pear and spicy, vanillin oak. Dense and sweet, with lovely floral lift and bright acids leavening the wine's creamy richness. This is wonderfully layered in the middle palate, and finishes with superb palate-staining persistence. |The same blend as always,| says Florence Cathiard, |but richer in every respect.|
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Second fave. Mild, well balanced, neat nose - not flashy. Quite strongly Sauvignon at first then a good bottom of waxy Semillon character. Hint of smoke. Very satisfying wine.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: kyball
  • Self | Rating: 93

    An awful lot of flavor in this wine. Tart apple, toffee, also some clove honey on the nose. Crisp,acidic. Really liked this one.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Apple, peach, cinnamon and spices with a rich, oily texture. Long finish, maybe a little oxidized at the end. Wonderful, a nice change of pace for a Chardonnay fan who looking for an occasional change of pace.
    Author: Red Sox Fan
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Beautiful gold in the glass with great fruit and acidity, but also a roundness in the mouth. Very rich.
    Author: Daniel F397
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Have aged very nicely and still bright and lively. Blend of Sav. Blanc and semillion. Citrus bit not tart. Very fragrant. A lovely Pessac white wine.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: kukie
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Pale color. Lighter bodied, Some oxidation in the nose, grassy. On the palate, grassy, citrus, singed creme caramel. Nutty finish. Rich and oily
    Author: Eric F860
  • Self | Rating:

    Unreal. I should track some more down.
    Author: Peter B
Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte is located in the Pessac-Leognan appellation and is classified as a Graves Classified Growth. The chateau produces about 16,000 cases per year, which includes both their red and white versions and their second label, Les Hauts de Smith. The average 30-year-old vines represent red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc; and whites Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Semillon. The vineyards are situated on gravel, which gives its vines two great advantages: superb natural drainage, and pebbles that reflect the sun's rays, helping to ripen the fruit. The red wine is concentrated and powerful, with a bouquet of ripe red berry fruit. It may also have overtones of licorice, violet, and flint. The white wine is characterized by citrus, apple, peach and brioche with strong acidity. It is very long and clean on the palate.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 543 bottles owned
  • 78 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 78 collectors)