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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.
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The finest wine ever made by proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, the 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte exhibits an opaque blue/purple color in addition to a glorious nose of acacia flowers, licorice, charcoal, blueberries, black raspberries, lead pencil shavings and incense. This massive, extraordinarily rich, unctuously textured wine may be the most concentrated effort produced to date, although the 2000, 2005 and 2010 are nearly as prodigious. A gorgeous expression of Pessac-Leognan with sweet tannin, emerging charm and delicacy, and considerable power, depth, richness and authority, it should age effortlessly for 30andndash;40+ years. Bravo!
Thanks to its 67 hectares of superb gravelly vineyards, Smith Haut Lafitte is often referred to as the "archetypal Graves". The estate's history goes back to the Crusades, and a Scottish navigator, George Smith, became owner of the estate in the 18th century. He was followed by M. Duffour- Dubergier,Mayor of Bordeaux, and then Louis Eschenauer, a famous wine shipper. In 1990 Daniel and Florence Cathiard also fell under the spell of this beautiful estate. Since then, they restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century manor house, built two underground cellars, went back to traditional vine growing methods without chemical herbicides and set up their own cooperage.
\ Rich yet balanced with pineapple, sliced green apple and hints of citrus fruit with delicate cream undertones. Full, balanced and beautiful. Aniseed character as well, and fresh.\
90% sauvignon blanc 5% sauvignon gris 5% semillon. Beautiful balance between the notes of crushed rocks and bright rich tropical fruits. Round and rich on the palate but showing vibrant racy acidity that keeps the wine dry overall through the finish. In a warm vintage a definite accomplishment to achieve this level of acidity. Alex Shaw.
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. There is fine precision and minerality on the nose: crisp and fresh with cold stone apple blossom and lime flower. The palate is nicely balanced with good weight in the mouth. This is harmonious a little reticent at the moment but it builds to a lovely sweet finish. This has good potential. Cellar this for 10 years. Tasted January 2013. 92+ Neal Martins Wine Journal.
This is really gorgeous with creamed Meyer lemon meringue and lime chiffon notes leading the way backed by pure salted butter straw and warm shortbread flavors. Long and rich yet detailed and focused through the finish. Sauvignon Blanc S
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Dietary Information: Kosher
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