Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2007
1 or more bottles$186.00
Wine Enthusiast94 points
James Suckling95 points
Château Smith Haut Lafitte is located in Pessac-Léognan on the Left Bank of the Garonne River. During the 1959 Classification of the Graves it was rated as Grand Cru Classé for its red wine. Nowadays the estate is also considered to produce one of the foremost examples of white Bordeaux.
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"This is rich, but the balance of the wine is excellent, the wood very much underneath the smooth, opulent apricot and pear fruits. There is spice, which adds a fine piquancy to the texture. The finish is vivid, still young, needing at least five years to age"
"This has lovely aromas of baked apples, honey, cream, and vanilla. A full-bodied wine, with rich flavors of apple pie, whipped cream, a lightly oily texture, and a long, long finish. This is very complex and gorgeous, what a wine."
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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005
- Variety Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
- Vintage 2005
- Brand Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
- Cellaring 3-5 Years
- Wine Type White
- Alcohol Percentage 14.0% Alcohol
Jeb Dunnuck98 points
James Suckling95 points
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.
In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.
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About the brand Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
Bordeaux’s Château Smith Haut Lafitte estate dates back to the 14th century with the house of Verrier Du Boscq, who planted vines on a gravelly plateau named Lafitte. Scotsman Georges Smith bought the estate in 1720, adding his name to the place. The Louis Eschenauer company, who had been distributing these wines since the early 1900s, bought the estate in 1958. Then, in 1990, Daniel and Florence Cathiard fell in love with the château and bought it, with the aim of perpetuating its tradition of excellence. The château falls under the Pessac-Léognan appellation and is ranked among the Crus Classés for red wine in the Classification of Graves wine of 1953 and 1959. The winery and vineyards sit south of Bordeaux in the commune of Martillac. The vineyard is a single block (now 80 hectares) on a Günz gravel plateau and produces six wines – both red and white. Each boasts its own unique blend and distinctive aromatic profile.