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"Under the capable hands of the Cathiard family, this property has been producing fabulous red and white wines. The 2...Read more...
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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 frui... Read more
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) Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend Wine
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend Wine
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.
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.
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.
Shows lovely ripeness, with peach, melon rind and yellow apple fruit flavors, but still plenty tangy, with fleur de sel and gooseberry notes along the edges. Very long, with a great interplay between ripe fruit and bracing minerality. Mouthwatering f... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 1500ml
Purple color of average intensity. Average aromatic nose fruity in a fresh style. Smooth and juicy on the palate aromatic yet not very powerful. Discreet and coated tannins. Average length. Jean-Marc Quarin - www.quarin.com
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. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 6000ml
90% sauvignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris, 5% semillon. Fermented in vat, then aged in a combination of 50% new and 50% one year old oak. The vines are planted on gravel soils. An exotic, tropical nose of pineapple, lemon peel, and passion fruit, with g... Geoffrey Binder. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 1500ml
"Under the capable hands of the Cathiard family, this property has been producing fabulous red and white wines. The 2012, another brilliant effort, exhibits notes of orange rind, figs, mangoes, pineapples and caramelized citrus presented in a full-bodied, heady, powerful style. It should drink well for 15-20 years...93-95" WA 04/13 "Barrel sample. Warm, ripe, fruity and opulent, this wine has remarkable weight. Very rounded and rich on the palate, it boasts ripe apricot and dried peach flavor and a touch of pepper that reveals its alcohol...92-94" WE 04/13 "This is fabulous. It’s a white that is so vertical with wonderful depth of fruit and structure. It goes on for minutes. Dense and complex. It’s so structured and amazing. Peaches and mineral with a salty and savory character. It is captivating to taste now...95-96" JamesSuckling.com 04/13
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