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Monday, February 08, 2010

2005 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

I don't often get the opportunity to taste a lot of white Bordeaux so when I saw this wine at a recent tasting I attended I was really excited to try it. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is located in Bordeaux's Graves appellation and have been growing grapes in this site as early as 1365. It has a storied history of producing quality wine and in 1990 the property was purchase by the Cathiard family who have revamped the operation and started to make wines of immense quality and high acclaim.

The 2005 Blanc is produced from 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon, and 5% Sauvignon Gris. Although I'm not entirely sure of the vinification data, I'm quite confident that this wine is aged in some French oak which added it's richness and full texture.

On the nose this wine is extremely aromatic! Not knowing the varietal blend I would have guessed that their might have been a significant amount of Muscadelle involved because of the floral and exotic fruit notes. However, this wine is 90% Sauvignon Blanc which is absolutely fascinating to me. Aromas of wild flower, clove, papaya, honey, orange blossom, lemon grass, and toast all come together to form a brilliant bouquet worthy of the high praise.

On the palate this wine has stunning weight and viscosity. Flavors of red apple, citrus blossom, honey, mandarin, and buttery oak unfold in layers on a rich and long finish. Tasting this blind I might have though this was Chardonnay with it's richness and complexity.

This wine was perhaps one of the most perplexing of the entire tasting...... 94 Points

 
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