Garnet colour, rich and powerful showing no visible signs of age even after 18-19 years. Nose is great blend of oak, blackcurrant, cedar, sandalwood and light menthol. Palate is packed with initial fruit and balanced, acidity and tannin. Finish is pleasantly dry with lingering perfume and light smoke. I’m no expert but I think this will evolve much further even though it is very enjoyable now. Have to mention again that this looks like it was bottled yesterday, so clean and vibrant. — 7 days ago
Every bit thrilling at now the fifteen year mark, the 2005 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is starting to settle in nicely. Aromatically intense, you are greeted to baking spice and espresso bean aromas that meld with the deep core of spicy dark fruits on this sensational bouquet. Viscous and rich, yet elegant and light on its feet, the wine artfully dances across the mid-palate, delivering really good flavor range, from Turkish coffee to Creme de cassis and blackberry pie as well as lighter damp earth and tar tones. The exceedingly long black fruit and mineral driven finish lingers long on the tongue. Simply marvelous now, the 2005 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte will cellar well for decades to come. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — a day ago
The best second wine from Bordeaux I’ve tasted and also nice to finally have something from 2015 which is not just approachable but drinking well now. Wonderful nose of cherries, oak, vanilla and almonds. Palate is smooth, rich with a hint of sweetness l, plenty of dark fruit, tobacco, some liquorice and strangely enough, toasted hazelnut. Acid and tannins are in check leading to a dry but very pleasant finish. Great Bordeaux at a sensible price point. — 5 days ago
Mocha, tar, cedar, tobacco, even bread, black currant, black berry too. Very intense and concentrated nose. The palate is well balanced with a very strong acid drive, some cedary, minty notes, some bright red, dark fruit all along, a creamy touch on the sides, a bit coffee too there in mid palate before very lively tannins kick in. This is 10 years old and so young! Finish with a bit of coffee, a bright forest fruit and some meat juice with a kind or final thickness that stick to palate and tongue and dry it a bit. It has at least a decade ahead and a great structure. It's a bit bragging and showing off but the acid structure underneath makes it a good tasting experience. I like that! — 7 days ago
Home alone, and as a result, I can return to some French faves. Regretfully, wifey tastes vomit if it’s anything other than a Napa fruit-bomb. Yes, I’m exaggerating, but you get my point...
This is on another level. 2009 was in my opinion a breakout year for this winery. With the winery renovations complete in 09, and Michel Rolland consulting on the winemaking, it’s easy to see the future state. This is a Merlot blend with double digit cab franc, and a dollop of cab sauv. I poured this pretty much at cellar temp (unusual for a typical Bdx), and it’s simply wonderful at this point.
Nose displays kirsch, nutmeg and a hint of sweet tobacco. The palate explodes with fresh black fruits, brown sugar, bold tannins, and a touch of white pepper. Judicious oak treatment allows the components and winemaking to take center-stage. A very contemporary example, which will sail on for another 15 years, minimum.
@Deborah M, your gentle nudge moved me. While I didn’t decant, I did open it 2hrs prior to tasting 🙂 — 5 days ago
Good amount of sediment. Still a deep concentration with some slight bricking on the rim. Nose shows red and black fruit and some woody, stemmy notes. Not an egregious amount of musk, but not exactly fresh either. Palate showing tart red fruit: focused, ethereal. Heavy purple flowers: lilac. Light in weight, heavy in perfume — 5 days ago
Plenty of time in the bottle but still somewhat of a rowdy teenager. Deep red, bordering on purple in colour, relatively savoury in flavour with dark fruits, minerals and a liquorice undertone. There’s still quite a bit of tannin and acidity but neither are overpowering. The issue is that all of the above features have not yet fully blended together and although the finish is restrained it is also a bit rough around the edges. I think this will smooth out over time and there are still many years in this. — 13 days ago
Beautifully dark and rich. So typically pontet canet and to that extent, typically pauillac in style. Beautiful example of the pontet style and the ripe 2003 vintage. I personally love where the 03s are right now. Very hedonistic but starting to show some secondary aromas and flavors. The 03s never seem to shut down and just continue to get better and better — 3 days ago
Meat juice, pencil lead, black currant, menthol, cedar. The palate is well balanced but rather thinner than what I expected. Very strong acid backbone, bright black currant all along, very strong grip, dusty tannins that open a finale with black currant, coffee and meat juice. Some bitterness in the end makes for a very nice, rather complex finish. It lacks a bit of depth and width but it's well done and already enjoyable. Given the dusty texture of the tannins I wouldn't wait much longer to pop up and pour! — 5 days ago