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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Graves 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting Notes: Robe : Deep red Bouquet : With great intensity, the first impression evokes delicate notes of chocolate and deep berries (blackberries, cassis). Palate :The attack proceeds softly to reveal a broad evolution that envelops the mouth and lingers for moments. The body is fine, silky and quite beautiful. Overall Impression : This wine is one of the most distignuished, finding its balance without becoming stereotypically concentrated or fluffy. Service :Decanting is recommended before serving.Decanting is recommended before serving.Decanting is recommended before serving. Classification: A.O.C.

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Snooth User: Jim Meskauskas
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06/09/2008

I love this wine! Peachy, mango. Light and crisp.


External Reviews for Château Smith Haut Lafitte Graves

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 1996 Smith Haut Lafite is the quintessentially elegant Bordeaux. With a dark ruby/purple color, it displays a beautiful presentation of blackberry and cassis fruit nicely dosed with a subtle new oak. On the attack, the wine is sweet and pure, with striking symmetry, and a compellingly balanced mid-palate and finish. Although not as big as some blockbusters from the vintage, it is extremely complex (both aromatically and flavor-wise), and impressive for its restraint, subtlety, and impeccable balance. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2016.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Attractive aromas of chocolate and blackberry. medium-bodied, with velvety tannins, but they turn slightly tough and dry on the finish. Too much new wood? Promises more on the nose than it delivers on the palate, like so many '96s. Best after 2000.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Attractive lemon, pineapple and vanilla character. Medium- to full-bodied, with plenty of fruit and a fresh finish. Delicious. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This young Bordeaux shows intense aromas of wet earth, stone and berries. It's full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Very well made indeed. Best after 2008.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The finest Smith-Haut-Lafitte I have ever tasted, the opaque purple-colored 2000 offers scents of camphor, graphite, creme de cassis, and licorice. This full-bodied, concentrated effort possesses low acidity and a persistent finish with considerable ripe, well-integrated tannin. It is an impressive tour de force for this estate. Kudos to the Cathiards. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This wine is already showing exceptionally well, even though it is not close to its plateau to its plateau of maturity. The deep ruby/purple color is followed by scents of roasted herbs intermixed with sweet black currant fruit, truffles, vanillin, and minerals. Lush, with ripe cassis fruit on the attack, outstanding balance, medium body and layers of intensity, this is an elegant, graceful, smoothly textured, beautifully made Bordeaux. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2018.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Big and tannic, this needs time. Lots of red berries and floral character on nose and palate. Full-bodied, with a slightly hollow midpalate at the moment. Very tannic, with an extracted, mouthpuckering finish. Try after 2002.


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Tasting Notes: Robe : Deep red Bouquet : With great intensity, the first impression evokes delicate notes of chocolate and deep berries (blackberries, cassis). Palate :The attack proceeds softly to reveal a broad evolution that envelops the mouth and lingers for moments. The body is fine, silky and quite beautiful. Overall Impression : This wine is one of the most distignuished, finding its balance without becoming stereotypically concentrated or fluffy. Service :Decanting is recommended before serving.Decanting is recommended before serving.Decanting is recommended before serving. Classification: A.O.C.

Dietary Information: Kosher


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