Les Hauts de Smith Blanc 2016 - A.O.C Pessac-Léognan
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The Les Hauts de Smith 2016 Blanc is pure Sauvignon Blanc matured in around 50% new oak. It has a pleasant bouquet with yellow flower aromas complementing the citrus fruit, though it takes a little more encouragement than the Le Petit Haut Lafitte, which has the benefit of the Semillon. The palate is well balanced with some lovely tropical tones on the entry, dried pineapple, paw paw and then later a touch of lemongrass. I appreciate the way this finishes... with a bit of gusto! I always love this white Pessac-Léognan and this 2016 might be as good as the 2015 last year.
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Very fresh, with a delightful stream of honeysuckle, straw and verbena notes, backed by white peach and meringue accents. Open-knit and friendly in profile. Drink now. 1,250 cases made.
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A tangy and fresh white with sliced-lemon and green-mango character. Full body, and the bright acidity adds to the salty minerality here. This is all sauvignon blanc.
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In the 14th century, Verrier du Dubosc signed the first recorded deeds for this estate including a few vines. George Smith, a Scottish wine merchant, acquired the property in the mid-18thcentury and named it after himself. Lodi Martin Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux and signer of the official 1855 classification, acquired the estate in 1842 and brought it up to Grand Cru Exceptionnel level.

Florence and Daniel Cathiard fell in love with Château Smith Haut Lafitte in 1990 and acquired it with the firm intention of perpetuating the wine’s tradition of excellence. “Our philosophy can be summed up in one sentence – to do everything possible to make each vintage of red and white wine worthy of our magnificent terroir “. After three years spent renovating the estate, the Cathiards came to live there, in the 18th century chartreuse dating from George Smith’s time, in order to devote themselves to overseeing winegrowing with the help of a talented and motivated team.

After English artist Barry Flanagan’s “Hospitality” (a humanoid hare), Italian artist Mimmo Paladino sculpted the large stylised figure of a man in black bronze that is located in the central courtyard. Pecked by dozens of birds, he welcomes visitors from around the world. A bronze “Venus” by the American artist Jim Dine surveys the vines at Smith Haut Lafitte, overlooking a terroir that is beautiful despite centuries of upheaval. A work by Huang Yong Ping, “Out of the Eater, Something to Eat” in which the jaw is a recipient, symbolises cycles and transformations.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Smith Haut-Lafitte
  • Type of wine
    Second wine
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    11 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    25 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    20% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2019 and 2027
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Ready to drink
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This White wine (Second wine) from Pessac-Léognan is made with a vineyard that has an area of 11 hectares by Château Smith Haut-Lafitte. The average age of the vines is 25 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 20% of new barrels.


The AOC Pessac-Léognan is a fairly recent appellation since it dates from 1987. However, it has a very old terroir dating from the Middle Ages. Located on the southern and south-western edges of Bordeaux, the appellation includes all of the Grands Crus Classés des Graves, including the legendary Château Haut-Brion. It produces many red wines and some dry white wines (265 ha).
Composed of gravel, gravel, rolled pebbles, sands and clays, the soil allows red grape varieties (cabernet-sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec) and white grape varieties (sauvignon and semillon) have a typical expression. It is this combination that gives its peculiar style to Pessac-Léognan wines.