Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005

Product Details

Pessac Leognan

Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 30/04/2008 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. ()

Neal Martin

Tasted single blind at Southwold. This is closed on the nose with reluctant scents of grapefruit, dried honey and a touch of white peach, but just needing more lift. Good weight on the viscous palate, honey, a touch of marmalade, real weight towards the finish though modest length. Quite spicy and aromatic but it needs time to show its true worth. Patience is needed. Drink 2011-2018. Tasted January 2009. Drink 2011 - 2018
-Wine Journal Jul 2009

(91 pts)
Tasted at the chateau. The 2005 has a more floral nose with white flowers, a touch of passion fruit, mango, white peach and beeswax. The palate is vibrant with good concentration, a slight bitterness in the middle, which lends it some edge, leading to a more waxy, slightly nutty finish. Good length. Very fine although not quite reaching the ethereal heights I was hoping for out of barrel. Drink now-2016. Tasted September 2008. Drink 2009 - 2016
-Wine Journal May 2009

(93-95 pts)
This just has a beautiful nose, wonderful delineation subtle creamy oak, minerals and coconut. Very well integrated on the palate, quite plush, soft new oak, exquisite balance and a citrus-edged, creamy finish that has supreme definition and poise. Very elegant and captivating. Tasted March 2006.
-Wine Journal Feb 2008