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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 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.

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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

Member Reviews for Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan

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Snooth User: Jim Meskauskas
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5.00 5
06/09/2008

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


Snooth User: akops41
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4.50 5
02/21/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan

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

A sensational effort, and undeniably the finest wine to ever emerge from this estate, the opaque purple-colored 2000 offers scents of tobacco, camphor, graphite, creme de cassis, and licorice. This full-bodied, concentrated effort possesses low acidity, a multi-layered texture, tremendous intensity of flavor, and a persistent finish with considerable ripe, well-integrated tannin. This is a brilliant example of equilibrium and finesse allied to considerable power and flavor. Kudos to the Cathiards. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


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

The Cathiards have made a polished wine with generous fruit. It manages to combine a modern, rich style with a lightness of touch and freshness of fruit that make it instantly attractive.


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

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.


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

Very subtle and complex, with tobacco, chocolate and ripe fruit character. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated, silky tannins and a long finish. Refined, yet muscular. Not the 1998, but very good indeed. Best after 2008.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The Cathiards have breathed new life into the vines and the wines of this grand estate on a rise of river stones in Martillac. Now among the most fashionable destinations in Bordeaux for its spa and restaurant, the château itself is producing wines that are not only stylish, but real. In a vintage more challenging for Graves than for most other regions. Smith offers a rich wine, evocative of the terroir in its lovely spice and mineral components. It starts off with lifted red fruit and spice, darkening to a sophisticated finish that lasts, as the gravelly mineral tones add a sense of elegance and restraint. And as the wine takes on air over the course of three days, the finish continues to grow longer, the red fruit going the distance lit by the glint off a trail of stones. A 15- to 20-year wine.


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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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