Dry white wines are excellent in 2014, they are fresh and focused with good acidity, while the warm weather later in the year meant they are round, with lovely purity of fruit and ripe notes. More specifically, in Pessac Leognan the 2014 harvest of white wines had a relatively slow start due to a longer than usual cold, damp summer. However, the higher levels of acidity from this cooler vintage meant that it had the perfect conditions for the production of the region’s renowned bright, fresh and crisp white wines.
Last year we were offered the first ever vintage of Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc, which sold out almost immediately on release. Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc is the second wine of the acclaimed and award winning Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc. Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc is made during the blending process of Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, subsequently vinified and aged with the same care as the first wine; identical winemaking techniques are used. The final blend is made from 20% old Semillon vines and 80% Sauvignon Blanc, aged 50% in new oak. Production is also very low, with less than 1,000 cases a vintage.
Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc is a fabulous wine in 2014, awarded 90-92 points by Neal Martin from the Wine Advocate. Martin compares the wine to the Cantelys Blanc 2014 stating it has a much more complex bouquet with fresh citrus lemon, grapefruit and pear skin scents and that it is a wine that is well worth seeking out. What is more incredible is that he scored Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2014 90-92+ points, which cost £440 per case of 12 on release. This high praise is reiterated by James Suckling who has awarded Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc with 92-93 points. This creates a wonderful arbitrage between the price and quality of their first and second white wine.
Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc 2014 offers an exceptional opportunity to secure a white wine of immense quality. It embodies all of the splendour of Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc; it is delicate, yet focused, with intense fruit purity and ripe flavour profiles of melon and honey. It has an elegant nose of white flowers acacia, while boasting wonderful minerality, particularly chalk and flint. At just £14.50 a bottle, Bordeaux lovers can buy one of the leading white wines from Pessac Leognan. Available for delivery in January.
12×75 – £175 IB or £239.52 incl duty and VAT Special price of £330 for 24 bottles
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 90-92 Pts
The Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc 2014 is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon matured in 50% new oak. It has a more complex bouquet compared to the Cantelys Blanc ’14 with fresh citrus lemon, grapefruit and pearskin scents, the Sémillon influencing the aromatics more than its percentage blend implies. The palate is well balanced with a crisp grapefruit and nectarine opening. The acidity here lends great tension to this wine, the Sémillon lending a lovely waxiness on the finish. This is well worth seeking out.
James Suckling, 92-93 Pts
A round and fruity white with sliced lemon, melon and green apple. Full and savory with hints of saltiness and brightness. A blend of 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon.
Available in January 2016
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