2021 Blanc Pessac-Léognan

Grapes Sauv Blanc, Sémillon
Colour White
Origin France, Bordeaux
Other Certified Organic
Village Pessac-Léognan
ABV 13%

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. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2022)

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This is very aromatic, with blossom honey, sliced lemons and ripe green apples. Medium-bodied, it starts off slowly before building on the palate with a creamy texture and a fresh and driven finish. So much energy at the end. Impressive for the second wine. 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon. From organically grown grapes. Rating: 95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jul 2024)

80 Sauvignon Blanc, 20 Semillon | 50% new oak | 13%. There is a ‘second level of ripeness’ here with notes of peach and melon, and these flavours are set against a bone dry citrus theme, so the more perfumed notes appear razor-sharp on the palate. This is as fine a wine as I have tasted under this label, and it is thanks to the acidity, this is such a terrific treat. Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Owned by the Cathiard family since 1990, Smith Haut Lafitte has a history that extends back to 1365. Originally owned by the Bosq Family, it was bought by Scotsman George Smith in the eighteenth century, and he gave it his name. He also built the manor house, and shipped the wine back to England.

In 1842, it passed, from his mother, to a M. Duffour-Dubergier, who was mayor of Bordeaux. His work raised the quality level and it was classified Grand Cru in the 1855 classification. The 20th century was mostly about Louis Eschenauer and his company, which distibuted the wines and eventually bought the property in 1958, investing over the time and building the barrel cellar.

The Cathiards fell in love with Smith in 1990, and have lavished care and considerable investment on it since then. Daniel Cathiard was a former ski champion, a member of the famous French Olympic team that included Jean-Claude Killy, and it was at that time that he met his wife Florence. Both have impressive track records of running businesses. Daniel built up the small chain of supermarkets that he inherited, and added a chain of sports shops, the group employing nine thousand people. Florence worked with him and also ran her own advertising company, ending up in a senior position in the McCann group. In 1990 they sold all their business interests to concentrate on Smith, where they have lived since. One of their daughters runs the Caudalie beauty products company (products based on the polyphenols extracted from grape pips), and the other two boutique hotels, including the 'Sources de Caudalie', next to Smith.

The Cathiards have since bought Château Cantelys in Martillac, and also, in 2012, part of the vineyard of Château Le Thil, as well as the house and the park. More recently they have been involved in the consortium which bought Château Bearegard (Pomerol) and Château Bastor Lamontagne (Sauternes).

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