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Château Cantelys Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2005

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3 Stars Decanter Online"Very dark. Opulent, rather exotically ripe nose. Very modern winemaking but with the freshness of Graves ingredients, making a happy whole... Definitely a success...16.5" Jancis Robinson 4/06"Dark ruby in color, with mineral, sweet tobacco and berry character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a dried herb and fruit finish...." -WS 05/08

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Château Smith Haut-lafitte:
HISTORY: The estate is located in a single block on a gravelly rise; 55 of the 72 hectares are planted with vines. The soil, consisting of gravel dating from the Gunz (or Nebraskan glacial) period, has two unique features. The first is superb natural drainage which forces the vine roots to sink more than six metres into the soil to seek nourishment in the form of water and mineral salts. The se... Read more
HISTORY: The estate is located in a single block on a gravelly rise; 55 of the 72 hectares are planted with vines. The soil, consisting of gravel dating from the Gunz (or Nebraskan glacial) period, has two unique features. The first is superb natural drainage which forces the vine roots to sink more than six metres into the soil to seek nourishment in the form of water and mineral salts. The second is the "mirror effect", of the topsoil, whose pebbles reflect the sun's rays, helping the grapes to ripen beautifully. The noble Bosq family started growing grapes here as early as 1365. The property was purchased in the 18th century by Scotsman George Smith, who gave the estate its present name. He also built the manor house and exported his – by now famous – wine to England on his own ships. Monsieur Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux and an enthusiastic winegrower, inherited Château Smith Haut Lafitte from his mother in 1842 and brought the wine up to great growth status. Impressed by Smith Haut Lafitte's excellent quality, the Louis Eschenauer company distributed the wine all over the world as of the early 20th century, deciding to buy the estate in 1958. Since the Eschenaueur period came to an end, a great deal of money has been invested in the estate, notably in the construction of a superb underground cellar holding over 2,000 barrels. In 1990, Daniel Cathiard fell in love with the property and joined the list of prestigious owners, firmly intending to further enhance Smith Haut Lafitte's tradition of excellence. He combined the most modern winemaking techniques and age-old traditional methods: organic compost, return to small wooden vats, ageing on the lees in barrel, etc. Famous around the world for its wonderfully elegant red wine and the sophisticated bouquet of its white, Smith Haut Lafitte undoubtedly deserves the special care that is lavished on it. OWNERS: Daniel Cathiard is perhaps best known as a former ski champion – he was a member of the French Olympic team with Jean-Claude Killy from 1965 to 1968. After his father's death in 1970, Daniel found himself running the family's small supermarket chain. Within 20 years, he had transformed it into the tenth largest mass distribution company in France. At the same time, he launched and developed a chain of sporting goods shops - Go Sport - in France, Belgium, Spain, and California. His met his wife Florence while on the ski team in 1965. She worked with him managing Genty and Go Sport for ten years before launching her own advertising firm, later becoming Vice President of McCann Europe in 1985. In 1990, Daniel and Florence sold all their business interests to buy Château Smith Haut Lafitte. After two years of massive renovations of both the winery buildings and the 18th century manor house, they moved into the château. They live there all year round in order to devote themselves to their life's work – making great red and white wines at Smith Haut Lafitte. Read less
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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.50 5
12/12/2009

The descriptors above are right on in many ways. Inky maroon color with a nose filled with charcoal, incense, scorched earth and lots of black and blueberry. Big tannins, this is a young wine and needs more time or hours of decanting to properly enjoy. As it's a Graves, it's very earthy and super concentrated. Super dry finish and big tannin. In a handful of years, this wine should be spectacular! - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 12/12/09


Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
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4.50 5
03/14/2009

Superb. A drinking wine, not a tasting wine. Elegant acidity follows creamy melon and blossom character. Good viscosity and layers of depth. The future of this wine will be honied and toffee. Quite different from the pungency, intensity and razor sharp acidity of Larkmead's Sauvignon Blanc that it was tasted against.


External Reviews for Château Cantelys Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
03/04/2009

RP: One can�t say enough about the accomplishments the Cathiards have achieved at this property since 1990. Prior to their purchase of the property, appallingly diluted, vegetal, fruitless, charmless wines were produced, but they have turned Smith-Haut-Lafitte into a showcase Pessac-Leognan. The inky blue purple-tinged 2005's extraordinary nose reeks of charcoal, incense, scorched earth, abundant blackberry, blueberry, and cherry fruit, toast, and spice. Good acidity, huge but sweet tannin, and fabulous precision as well as definition characterize this full-bodied, super-concentrated effort. It should prove to be among the longest-lived wines yet made by the Cathiards. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.


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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

This is a wonderful rare wine which is only available in limited quantities . Usually there are no more than a few bottles in stock and may sell out quickly. We will contact you immediately if this item become unavailable or if we have any problems


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
02/12/2011

Der Wein ist feinduftig, mit einem wunderschönem Cabernet-Parfüm.


External Review
06/07/2011

Very grapey, with black licorice and mineral character. Full-bodied, with hints of new wood and spices. Big and velvety. This is balanced and very silky, with harmonious yet chewy tannins. This is a different style from the 2003, but it's equally imp... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 6000ml


External Review
05/12/2011

I know it sounds like a broken record, but this may be the best Smith-Haut-Lafitte ever made. A prodigious effort, the 2005 boasts an inky/blue/purple color, sweet aromas of graphite, white chocolate, espresso, and blue, red, and black fruits, extrao... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 6000ml


External Review
12/07/2010

Pale yellow. Pure aromas of grapefruit, lemon drop, pear and spicy, vanillin oak. Dense and sweet, with lovely floral lift and bright acids leavening the wine's creamy richness. This is wonderfully layered in the middle palate, and finishes with supe... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 750ml


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
04/01/2008

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (blanc) - Pessac FUTURES WS:95-100 Case Price:$839.40 "Bright and fruity with apple, lemon and tropical fruit character. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and the texture of a red wine. Goes on and on. Blockbuster. Fabulous. Brilliant and fresh. Long." - WS


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3 Stars Decanter Online"Very dark. Opulent, rather exotically ripe nose. Very modern winemaking but with the freshness of Graves ingredients, making a happy whole... Definitely a success...16.5" Jancis Robinson 4/06"Dark ruby in color, with mineral, sweet tobacco and berry character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a dried herb and fruit finish...." -WS 05/08

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