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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2010
The style of our red wine is very classic, with a neat expression of our terrior of Gnzian Gravels, which gives the wine some unique smoky notes. We look for elegance and structure, freshness and complexity, balance and richness. The majority of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in our vineyard, harvested at full maturity and vinified in the softest way to only extract the silkiest tannins, unveils after a few years all its potential, which we can then enjoy during long years. The other varietals grown on the estate add to the Cabernet Sauvignon their own flavors and take part to the typical harmony of our Cru Classe de Graves.
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Editorial Reviews for Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan
At the Chateau Very Cabernet driven on the nose with dried green chilies, smoke, cedar wood notes, a touch of juniper all over astringent red fruits. Spicy on entry with red fruits, vegetal tones and a touch of brambly, juniper like spice. Medium bodied and a bit soft on the mid-palate with nice ripe tannins and small red fruits accented by a bit of pipe tobacco on the moderate finish that shows some persistently sweet wood tones. 86pts
Cedary, oaky and toasty on the nose slick in the mouth, almost silky, tight and shallow, closed with no mid-palate or finish. (81-82)
This deep, dark wonderful expression of northern Graves has a deep red colour (almost black) with a nose of evenly crushed blackberry... very elegant. On the palate, there is more Sauvignon heritage with warm, sweet cigar and Kirsch. As a second wine, unbelievable. 91 points.
Nicely approachable now and built to last well. 91 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12
look = 7/10, smell = 14/20, taste = 11/20; total = 32/50
Good dry Grave white vine
Average "Professional Critic" Score is 97 points. At $235, it is 19% of the average price for a similar scoring Bordeaux wine.
External Reviews for Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan
A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% each of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris the Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc has a tightly wound bouquet: sultry at the moment with light gooseberry and Granny Smith apples. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity citrus lemon and lime zest with a gradual build towards its precise finish. Excellent. Tasted March 2014. Neal Martins Wine Journal.
Why drink Silex from Dagueneau? This is really something exceptional with incredible density and power. Full-bodied dry and mineral and lemon zest with fabulous length and beauty. This is definitely one to buy in 2013. 90% savuignon blanc 5% sauvignon grid and 5% s
This is very very fresh with a bright berry and currant character. Medium to full body with fine tannins. Very pretty finish. Subtle and delicate. 60% cabernet sauvignon 35% merlot and a touch of cabernet franc and petit verdot. James Suckling.
The 2013 Smith Haut Lafitte is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is bestowed with a fragrant bouquet floral and quasi-Margaux in style with a hint of seaweed developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and lifted acidity. It feels a little pinched towards the finish at the moment although that will soften by the time of bottling. This is a more classic Smith Haut Lafitte but there is nothing wrong with
The finish is gorgeous here with a crunchy fruity hazelnut and earthy character. Dense yet balanced with a beautiful texture and length. Creamy tannins. Superb for the vintage. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. James Suckling.
This is fabulous. Its a white that is so vertical with wonderful depth of fruit and structure. It goes on for minutes. Dense and complex. Its so structured and amazing. Peaches and mineral with a salty and savory character. It is captivating to taste now. James Suckling.
The grand vin, the 2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is another great successes (and that’s saying something after the remarkable duo of 2009 and 2010 as well as the brilliant 2008). This wine exhibits a dense purple color along with a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, mulberries, licorice and subtle background oak. Full-bodied with silky tannins, nicely integrated acidity, wood and alcohol, a multilayered mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts 45 seconds, this brilliant wine should drink well for 15–20 years.
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