The 2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sauvignon Blanc matured in 50% new oak. It has a crisp, conservative bouquet, tightly wound at first, reticent even, though with a couple of minutes' swirling, it reveals intense fresh lime flower, pink grapefruit, guava and blood orange scents. The palate is extremely well balanced with a silver bead of acidity, a dab of sour lemon than cleanses the mouth, followed by pink grapefruit, citrus lemon and green apple notes towards the long finish. This is another outstanding white Smith-Haut-Lafitte from winemaker Fabien Tietgen and the famille Cathiard.
94-96 points, Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
The 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is powerful and
intense, but also incredibly young at this stage. There
is notable density and persistence throughout, but just
like the red Grand Vin, the aromatic dimension in the
wine has not yet developed. The wine's length and
overall density are both impressive. Here, too, the en
primeur samples were less expressive than the wines
were when I tasted the separate lots from barrel in
January 2016. With a bit of air, the flavors start to
brighten and bristle with pure energy. The blend is 90%
Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris.
92-95+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
This is a very firm white that is tightly structured with stone, sliced pear and apple character. Full and persistent.
92-93 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com