Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2003

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Decanted for a few hours. Crazy nose - lambic beer! Some graphite and bacon also. Medium+ body. Smooth. Medium fruit - blueberry. Pepper. Juicy. Ve... Read more

a gorgeous Bordeaux that will benefit from 4-5 years of quite rest. very elegant tannins with a subdued acidity. macerated black fruit mingles with... Read more

Broad, expansive, and more forward in style than usual, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine offers aromas of scorched earth, espresso roast, sweet p... Read more

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
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4.50 5
05/15/2009

Decanted for a few hours. Crazy nose - lambic beer! Some graphite and bacon also. Medium+ body. Smooth. Medium fruit - blueberry. Pepper. Juicy. Very interesting. $72


Snooth User: Sergio Vito
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4.50 5
02/06/2008

a gorgeous Bordeaux that will benefit from 4-5 years of quite rest. very elegant tannins with a subdued acidity. macerated black fruit mingles with layers of dark roast coffee, mocha and cream. the oak is incredibly integrated. after few hours of decanting notes of dry flowers and spice box will emerge and overwhelm your olfaction. the finish is rich and exotic.


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01/24/2013

Broad, expansive, and more forward in style than usual, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine offers aromas of scorched earth, espresso roast, sweet plum and black currant fruit, and a hint of white chocolate. Full-bodied, with elegance allied with fles... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 750ml


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07/26/2008

This vintage goes down as the most difficult and perplexing of the century. It called for rigorous selection of the grapes and delicate pressing. Pure success at this Château for the tannins are firm yet silken in texture. Full of dense fruit and a note of cedar. A touch of Petit Verdot was added for this first time ever.


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07/12/2007

This vintage goes down as the most difficult and perplexing of the century. It called for rigorous selection of the grapes and delicate pressing. Pure success at this Chƒteau for the tannins are firm yet silken in texture. Full of dense fruit and a note of cedar. A touch of Petit Verdot was added for this first time ever.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Yield: 25 hectolitres per hectare, including 3 wines: Smith Haut Lafitte, Hauts de Smith, and Hauts de Maujan. * Grape varieties: 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon 30 % Merlot 13 % Cabernet Franc 2 % Petit Verdot * Fermentation in oak vats: 27-29°C * Ageing for 18 months in barrels (80% new oak), malolactic fermentation in barrel, then ageing on the lees with bâtonnage (stirring with a stick) and racking. Notes by Fabien Teitgen- Château Smith Haut Lafitte's Technical Director. The red wine harvest started with young Merlot as of September 5th and finished with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon at the beginning of October (the 8th). Thanks to low production (partly due to the drought conditions, which led to smaller than average grapes) the fruit was able to ripen perfectly. The dry weather enabled us to harvest healthy grapes and concentrate on sorting after de-stemming to eliminate all extraneous vegetation. Once again this year, the grapes were fermented in small oak vats. After very meticulous sorting, the uncrushed grapes were transported to the vats, then slowly fermented. Extraction was enhanced by punching the cap. This very delicate method produced smooth, elegant tannins as well as silky, rich wine.

Yield: 25 hectolitres per hectare, including 3 wines: Smith Haut Lafitte, Hauts de Smith, and Hauts de Maujan. * Grape varieties: 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon 30 % Merlot 13 % Cabernet Franc 2 % Petit Verdot * Fermentation in oak vats: 27-29°C * Ageing for 18 months in barrels (80% new oak), malolactic fermentation in barrel, then ageing on the lees with bâtonnage (stirring with a stick) and racking. Notes by Fabien Teitgen- Château Smith Haut Lafitte's Technical Director. The red wine harvest started with young Merlot as of September 5th and finished with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon at the beginning of October (the 8th). Thanks to low production (partly due to the drought conditions, which led to smaller than average grapes) the fruit was able to ripen perfectly. The dry weather enabled us to harvest healthy grapes and concentrate on sorting after de-stemming to eliminate all extraneous vegetation. Once again this year, the grapes were fermented in small oak vats. After very meticulous sorting, the uncrushed grapes were transported to the vats, then slowly fermented. Extraction was enhanced by punching the cap. This very delicate method produced smooth, elegant tannins as well as silky, rich wine.

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