Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.2560 ratings
9.2112 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
LM Segal

The nose is the only thing restrained about this excellent SHL. Shades of graphite, light red berry. After an hour decant, a seamless, velvety liquorice and blue-black fruited palate, perfectly extracted. Several at the table were guessing high-end Napa. A brilliant, sexy and voluptuous wine that’s just coming out of its shell. Destined for cellar greatness. Kudos to Eric and the team at Michael’s on the Hill, Stowe, VT. This feels like the great fooderies of Napa 20 years ago - brilliant, friendly and unpretentious.

The nose is the only thing restrained about this excellent SHL. Shades of graphite, light red berry. After an hour decant, a seamless, velvety liquorice and blue-black fruited palate, perfectly extracted. Several at the table were guessing high-end Napa. A brilliant, sexy and voluptuous wine that’s just coming out of its shell. Destined for cellar greatness. Kudos to Eric and the team at Michael’s on the Hill, Stowe, VT. This feels like the great fooderies of Napa 20 years ago - brilliant, friendly and unpretentious.

Jul 21st, 2018
Yianni Stoner

UGC Tasting - San Francisco

UGC Tasting - San Francisco

Jan 27th, 2018
Mike R
9.3

And just so I can sleep good tonight I opened this gem

Full bodied and kicking some serious booty

And just so I can sleep good tonight I opened this gem

Full bodied and kicking some serious booty

Dec 11th, 2017
Daniel P. Drake

It is Friday night and what better way to celebrate the start of the weekend then with a Bordeaux. I can't think of one. This 2012 Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a fine example of what I have come to love about Bordeaux. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

The nose has that rich black fruit of black plum, black cherry, blueberry, black currant, a touch of strawberry, violet, black pepper, sweet tobacco leaf, graphite and some nice soil.

Upon entry onto the palate there is a smooth creamy sweetness, black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, tobacco, spice, graphite and a rich earthy soil.

The wine is full has a full body mouth feel, a medium + fresh acidity with medium + round mouth coating tannins that transitions right into a long lasting finish. My kind of Bordeaux setting up a start to an expected beautiful weekend. Please enjoy yourselves this weekend and be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

It is Friday night and what better way to celebrate the start of the weekend then with a Bordeaux. I can't think of one. This 2012 Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a fine example of what I have come to love about Bordeaux. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

The nose has that rich black fruit of black plum, black cherry, blueberry, black currant, a touch of strawberry, violet, black pepper, sweet tobacco leaf, graphite and some nice soil.

Upon entry onto the palate there is a smooth creamy sweetness, black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, tobacco, spice, graphite and a rich earthy soil.

The wine is full has a full body mouth feel, a medium + fresh acidity with medium + round mouth coating tannins that transitions right into a long lasting finish. My kind of Bordeaux setting up a start to an expected beautiful weekend. Please enjoy yourselves this weekend and be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Dec 9th, 2017
Peter Granoff MS

Master Sommelier, Founder/Partner Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant & Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

10

Sometimes mere words just can't do a wine justice - but we can try 😃. Complex, earthy, mature, elegant, layered, graphite, etc. a real treat.

Sometimes mere words just can't do a wine justice - but we can try 😃. Complex, earthy, mature, elegant, layered, graphite, etc. a real treat.

5 people found it helpfulJul 3rd, 2014
Gilles de Chambure

Master Sommelier & Educator

9.3

red graves 100 pts parker... great value an estate never looking for points first introduced horse ploughing sgain to their bio dynamic vineyards 15 years blend 60 cab 35 merlot 5 cf 1 pv

red graves 100 pts parker... great value an estate never looking for points first introduced horse ploughing sgain to their bio dynamic vineyards 15 years blend 60 cab 35 merlot 5 cf 1 pv

5 people found it helpfulJun 4th, 2013
Cyrus Hazzard

Concierge Wine Sales Total Wine & More

9.3

Incredibly aromatic. Earth, spice, currents, Oak nestled in the background. Love to see how this one ages.

Incredibly aromatic. Earth, spice, currents, Oak nestled in the background. Love to see how this one ages.

3 people found it helpfulDec 3rd, 2014
Jeffrey Davies

Surprisingly deep and still nearly purple colt; complex aromas remind me of cigar box and black berry fruits; still young and buoyant on the palate with vibrant fruit and fully integrated tannins. Delicious!

Surprisingly deep and still nearly purple colt; complex aromas remind me of cigar box and black berry fruits; still young and buoyant on the palate with vibrant fruit and fully integrated tannins. Delicious!

2 people found it helpfulDec 21st, 2014
Norberto Freddi

Norberto had this 2 years ago

Norberto had this 2 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 9th, 2016
Darren Guillaume

Great wine, great year. They made a mistake when they didn't classify the white.

Great wine, great year. They made a mistake when they didn't classify the white.

1 person found it helpfulMay 5th, 2016