Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2021 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
93-94 JS / 92 DE / 91-93 JD / 91-93 WA / 92 JA / 92-94 VM /
Both fresh and ripe with pleasing notes of green mangoes, papayas, limes and kiwi. Flint and shells, too. Medium-bodied with excellent tension and a textured finish. 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon. From organically grown grapes. - James Suckling.
Crunchy green apple, lime juice and some elderflower with really soft hints of honeyed brioche. Sharp yet soft, this has a good immediate presence of lemony, peach and apricot fruit and a creamy base which is given an energetic push by a lemon zest freshness. Gentle, softly round and driving, this feels refined and delicate, elegant with enough vibrancy and power to give a mouthful of wine with persistence. Very enjoyable. - Georgina Hindle, Decanter.
Mostly Sauvignon yet blended with 20% Semillon, the 2021 Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is a richer, deeper, more serious wine, with beautiful peach, crushed stone, green almond, and white flower-like aromas and flavors. It's medium-bodied, concentrated, and lengthy, and is unquestionably an outstanding white in the making. - Jeb Dunnuck.
A terrific wine, the 2021 Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc wafts from the glass with aromas of confit citrus, crisp orchard fruit, nectarine and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and textural, it's a racy, concentrated wine that concludes with a long, saline finish. It's a second wine that punches above its weight. - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.
Vivid acidity and grip, less immediate joy than the Hauts de Smith, true to the respective character of the wines. Savoury white tea, grapefruit, mandarin, slate. 24hl/h yield, pretty much half the normal yield, as a result of mildew, just as with the reds. Harvest September 2 to 20. - Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux.
The 2021 Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc has a more generous nose than the Les Hauts de Smith Blanc thanks to the contribution of the 20% Sémillon. Yellow plum, dried pineapple and slithers of white peach feature on the nose. The palate is well balanced, taut and crisp, yet with real weight and depth. Lemongrass and stem ginger surface toward the finish. This punches well above its weight. A brilliant success and, frankly, within touching distance of the Grand Vin this vintage. -Neal Martin, Vinous Media.