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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Graves 2002
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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Good full ruby. Roasted red and black fruits, smoke and licorice on the nose. Powerful, even a bit aggressive, with less sweetness and subtlety than the subsequent vintages. Finishes with big, chewy, ripe tannins and lingering notes of tobacco and leather. Very Grave in style. This appears to be in the process of shutting down in the bottle.
An estate run impeccably by the Cathiard family, Smith-Haut-Lafitte has been one of the bright shining stars of Bordeaux since the mid-1990s. This successful wine exhibits notes of ripe black currants and smoked herbs. With deep, concentrated, attractive flavors, medium body, sweet tannin, and decent acidity, this is an impressive, classic Graves that should drink well young yet age nicely for up to two decades. It is more structured and linear than the plump 2003, but both are top-notch efforts. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019.
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.
This is unquestionably the finest wine yet made under the new, highly dedicated Cathiard regime (who purchased this estate at the beginning of the decade). The 1995, which was impressive when tasted in March, 1996, continues to suggest it is going to be a terrific wine for the vintage. The opaque purple color, and sweet, blackcurrant nose intermixed with aromas of smoke, minerals, and high quality new oak, are followed by a layered, gracefully constructed wine with well-integrated tannin, exceptional purity, a sweet inner-core of fruit, and a long finish. Purchasers of this wine should cellar it for 4-6 years. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025. Impressive!!
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.
Attractive lemon, pineapple and vanilla character. Medium- to full-bodied, with plenty of fruit and a fresh finish. Delicious. Drink now through 2004.
In the '98, the fruit is more classically ripe, a river of red currant rushing over gravel. The color is a luminous black, the aromas massive and powerful, yet the wine remains graceful. Even as the tannins are as dense and black as caviar, they also serve to energize the wine, encapsulating the fruit, holding it fresh, a drama in statis with a long development ahead.
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Dietary Information: Kosher
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