Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.323 ratings
9.32 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Chris McClellan

Smooth silky blackcherry/blueberry, aromatic herbs,,some funk that took its time to blow off but added some complexity, sweet mid palate and carried thru smooth but every present tannins...just a well balanced wine and paired great with stripsteaks at home...

Smooth silky blackcherry/blueberry, aromatic herbs,,some funk that took its time to blow off but added some complexity, sweet mid palate and carried thru smooth but every present tannins...just a well balanced wine and paired great with stripsteaks at home...

Jun 3rd, 2020
Chris England

This Pessac-Léognan is my favourite next to Pape Clement & not being able to afford Haut-Brion 😁 Still not cheap @ £115-£130 now, but it’s worth it as a treat 👍 It just keeps getting better & better but is already divine 😍

🏵 96 points w/ more potential

🍇 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc & 1% Petit Verdot

🍷 Opaque ruby

👃 Cracked minerals & smashed pencil lead through spiced black berry/currant, damson & blueberry in soft char-smoked oak w/ mocha grounds, gravel, liquorice lashings & a minty hinty

👄 Med+ rich dark plummy silky smooth body of gloopy blackcurrant & dark plum in chewy liquorice & creamy mocha goo w/ a mineral punch

🎯 Long dark gooey fruity plummy sticky liquorice linger w/ mocha & mineral ka-pow

This Pessac-Léognan is my favourite next to Pape Clement & not being able to afford Haut-Brion 😁 Still not cheap @ £115-£130 now, but it’s worth it as a treat 👍 It just keeps getting better & better but is already divine 😍

🏵 96 points w/ more potential

🍇 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc & 1% Petit Verdot

🍷 Opaque ruby

👃 Cracked minerals & smashed pencil lead through spiced black berry/currant, damson & blueberry in soft char-smoked oak w/ mocha grounds, gravel, liquorice lashings & a minty hinty

👄 Med+ rich dark plummy silky smooth body of gloopy blackcurrant & dark plum in chewy liquorice & creamy mocha goo w/ a mineral punch

🎯 Long dark gooey fruity plummy sticky liquorice linger w/ mocha & mineral ka-pow

1 person found it helpfulNov 1st, 2018
Greg Gregory

Just gorgeous. Needs about an hour to open up but wow what a payoff.

Just gorgeous. Needs about an hour to open up but wow what a payoff.

Oct 30th, 2016
Phil Gurin

A beautifully balanced wine with a stunning velvet finish.

A beautifully balanced wine with a stunning velvet finish.

Apr 11th, 2019
Paul Woolls

Excellent balance

Excellent balance

Oct 25th, 2018
John Van Trijp

To be honest....I never ever paid any attention to SHL till that moment.....100 points for the 2009 by Robert Parker. Since that moment I bought some Cases 09 and a case 00, 05 and 08.
This 2005 Rocks! “Napa-style” Bordeaux.

To be honest....I never ever paid any attention to SHL till that moment.....100 points for the 2009 by Robert Parker. Since that moment I bought some Cases 09 and a case 00, 05 and 08.
This 2005 Rocks! “Napa-style” Bordeaux.

Apr 2nd, 2018
Peter Sultan

Iron, iron, just hardcore minerality & dried blackcurrants around that core. Still has room to open up. Very good. 375ml, what a pleasure. 2nd tasting, this time impressed more. Hmmmm.

Iron, iron, just hardcore minerality & dried blackcurrants around that core. Still has room to open up. Very good. 375ml, what a pleasure. 2nd tasting, this time impressed more. Hmmmm.

Jan 14th, 2017
Peter Sultan

1/2,bottle

1/2,bottle

Dec 23rd, 2016
Ron Siegel

Black fruits, graphite with lots of mineral. Still very youthful like most 05's showing lots of tannin structure. I would not open another btl for at least 5 more years.

Black fruits, graphite with lots of mineral. Still very youthful like most 05's showing lots of tannin structure. I would not open another btl for at least 5 more years.

Aug 20th, 2016
Michael Park

Wasn't impressed given all the hype about the 2005 vintage. Finish was almost non-existent.

Wasn't impressed given all the hype about the 2005 vintage. Finish was almost non-existent.

Dec 19th, 2015