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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,013
2.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

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)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,013
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/05/2010

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


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Snooth User: Carlos Padilla
112108175
0.00 5
12/28/2012

Es 2002


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,070
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/17/2014

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.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 07/01/2012

Nicely approachable now and built to last well. 91 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


Snooth User: mistersplice
30149223
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/20/2012

look = 7/10, smell = 14/20, taste = 11/20; total = 32/50

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Snooth User: Brian Hammond
799549198
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 07/26/2012

Good dry Grave white vine


Snooth User: WineBlueBook
105948625
0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/22/2012

Average "Professional Critic" Score is 97 points. At $235, it is 19% of the average price for a similar scoring Bordeaux wine.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,070
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/17/2014

Four glasses


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

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 11/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 11/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Offers pure driven plum cassis and black cherry notes inlaid with graphite and roasted wood spice. Dense without being overextracted. Very sleek. Rock-solid.-J.M. Wine Spectator.


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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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