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Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Leognan 2003

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This is not an in stock item but a brokered wine that will be delivered in 6-8 weeks. Call us with any questions though and we will answer them for you. 914-834-2134. This product is only sold by the case. 12x750ml

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

Member Reviews for Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Leognan

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.50 5
05/15/2009

Decanted for a few hours. Crazy nose - lambic beer! Some graphite and bacon also. Medium+ body. Smooth. Medium fruit - blueberry. Pepper. Juicy. Very interesting. $72


Snooth User: Sergio Vito
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4.50 5
02/05/2008

a gorgeous Bordeaux that will benefit from 4-5 years of quite rest. very elegant tannins with a subdued acidity. macerated black fruit mingles with layers of dark roast coffee, mocha and cream. the oak is incredibly integrated. after few hours of decanting notes of dry flowers and spice box will emerge and overwhelm your olfaction. the finish is rich and exotic.


External Reviews for Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Leognan

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/25/2008

This vintage goes down as the most difficult and perplexing of the century. It called for rigorous selection of the grapes and delicate pressing. Pure success at this Château for the tannins are firm yet silken in texture. Full of dense fruit and a note of cedar. A touch of Petit Verdot was added for this first time ever.


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01/24/2013

Broad, expansive, and more forward in style than usual, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine offers aromas of scorched earth, espresso roast, sweet plum and black currant fruit, and a hint of white chocolate. Full-bodied, with elegance allied with fles... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 750ml


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/11/2007

This vintage goes down as the most difficult and perplexing of the century. It called for rigorous selection of the grapes and delicate pressing. Pure success at this Chƒteau for the tannins are firm yet silken in texture. Full of dense fruit and a note of cedar. A touch of Petit Verdot was added for this first time ever.



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