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Chateau Smith Havt Lafitte Graves 2008
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In Bordeaux tradition, a white was tasted last in a string of 2008 tastings. Beautiful floral nose. Rich mouth-feel, layered with Tropical fruit, citrus, and minerality. Good acidity on a medium plus finish. A white that should age incredibly well with a storage life of 10-30 years, but showing well already. 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillion, 5% Sauvignon Gris. 93 points.
Racy and sweet with depth of perfume on the nose. Good balance of sweetness and power, with flower, chocolate, fruit, and soil throughout the palate. Medium finish. 91 points.
Sehr muskulös, typische vegetale Noten im Gaumen. Ab in den Keller!
External Reviews for Chateau Smith Havt Lafitte Graves
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.
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.
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.
This young Bordeaux shows intense aromas of wet earth, stone and berries. It's full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Very well made indeed. Best after 2008.
In the '98, the fruit is more classically ripe, a river of red currant rushing over gravel. The color is a luminous black, the aromas massive and powerful, yet the wine remains graceful. Even as the tannins are as dense and black as caviar, they also serve to energize the wine, encapsulating the fruit, holding it fresh, a drama in statis with a long development ahead.
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.
Light straw-yellow. Delicate aromas of citrus fruit, white flowers, talc and mint. Supple and juicy, with a hint of sweetness to the spice and minerals flavors. Very smooth wine with attractive inner-mouth floral lift and sneaky intensity. The piquant finish shows very good length.