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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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External Reviews for Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan
A rich wine, full-bodied in character, the acidity hiding behind the ripe fruits. Concentrated and structured, the spice coming through to dominate. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 750ml
This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30–40 years but can be drunk in 5–7.
90% sauvignon blanc 5% sauvignon gris and 5% semillon. Aged in 50% new French oak.Pale gold hue.Aromas of salted Irish butter and buttered popcorn lead into mango fruit notes. The popcorn notes carry through to the medium-to-full bodiedpalate where it picks up characteristics of almond beeswax and a briny minerality. The finish displays fresh pineapple that lasts close to a minute. Though thee acidity is cutting and bracing at the moment it will harmonize with another two years in the cellar
This crackles with thyme and savory notes offsetting the powerful core of lemon curd white peach and fennel. The long pure finish has a stony thread and extra waves of fruit and herb. Drink now through 2019. -JM Wine Spectator.
Green-tinged bright gold. Intense pungent floral-accented aromas of pear skin stone fruits and rosemary are complicated by vanilla smoke and dusty minerals. Explosive on entry then sweet and dense in the middle palate with tropical fruit and fresh herb flavors nicely lifted and extended by lively acidity. Finishes with a repeating smoky mineral character excellent length and complexity and attractive restraint. A lovely understated white wine in the making. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
With a pH of 3.62 the Grand Vin is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot the bouquet is very intense and focused stricter than the 2009 last year with blackberry a touch of cassis and a hint of boysenberry. Fine delineation the mineraliti beginning to emerge after one minute in the glass. One is immediately struck by the almost citrus-like freshness on the entry tight at first but then fanning out beautifully across the mouth towards the wonderfully structured finish that has more tension than it knows what to do with. Very persistent very long. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Neal Martins Wine Journal.
This is even better than the 2007, which was great. I love the racy and complexity to this young white with honey, apple pie, tropical fruits and hints of vanilla cream. It's full and very rich yet balanced and structured. Lovely backbone of bright a... James Suckling. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 750ml