Dry whites, considered one of Bordeaux’s most consistent styles, also had a strong year, albeit with some producers having to taper acidity levels due to the long, cool summer. Anson rated Haut-Brion Blanc at 19 (96), with La Mission Haut-Brion at 18.75 (95+). On the Right Bank, Valandraud Blanc got 17.5 (91).
Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine/wine-regions/bordeaux-wines/en-primeur-coverage/bordeaux-2014-full-decanter-ratings-revealed-949/#s0djhduKIzLkoydc.99The Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2014 is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each of Sémillon and Sauvignon Gris matured in 50% new oak. Curiously, it seems less expressive than the Le Petit Haut Lafitte and Les Haut de Smith at the moment. This is very taciturn in comparison but leaving it aside for 10-15 minutes it finally reveals chalk and oyster shell scents. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity and sharp citric fruit, but it feels quite linear on the finish, does not really deliver the knock-out punch that other vintages deliver. Hopefully it will muster something more to say throughout the remainder of its barrel maturation.