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  • Country ranking ?

    580
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    -
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

Each Château has its own style.  / What would be, according to you, the specificities of Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red?

The style of our red wine is very classic, with a beautiful expression of our terroir of Günzian Gravel which gives unique smoky notes. We pursue elegance and structure, freshness and complexity, balance and richness.
Our majority of Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested at full maturity and softly vinified to extract only the silkiest tannins, unveils after proper aging its full potential for years long.
The other grapes variety of our vineyard, the Merlot, the Cabernet Franc and the Petit Verdot add to the Cabernet Sauvignon their own aromas and participate in the typical harmony of our Cru Classé de Graves.

Which vintage of your Château red wine do you prefer?

Such as the whites, it is very difficult to pick a vintage among others, as every occasion and every meal will enlighten a specific vintage.
In my opinion, our 2000 red is a wine I would not doubt in comparing with the greatest reds from both banks. It has everything, except maybe some more years…
Another vintage we particularly cherish is the 2003, because despite the heatwave that affected the region, our early terroir allows us to harvest grapes at perfect maturity before they “cook” over the sun. Therefore we have a charming wine, whose freshness of aromas trouble the tasters at every blind tasting.
However I must say that we reached the zenith of our great reds with two legendary vintages: 2009 and 2010, though these two vintages have very little in common! 2009, my favorite, is powerful, charming, round and very “charismatic”… 2010, my husband’s favorite, is a beautiful classic, that expresses perfectly our Gravel terroir, with notes of black fruits, mineral finish and incredible Caudalies (the unit that measures length of wine flavors in mouth).

 

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This estate has enjoyed an astonishing ascendancy in the last 15 years. The investment in wine making is extremely impressive. The love and attention to detail is easily seen in a vintage of this calibre. Medium deep colour. Fragrant dark plum, cassis red cherry aromas with herb garden spicy notes. Supple and richly flavoured with inky dark fruits, sinuous velveteen textures, roasted chestnut oak, juicy mid palate richness and fine bitter sweet finish. Lovely volume and acid cut with lacy tannin plume. a really lovely wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points

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Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with slightly ethereal character and expressive fruit. Blackcurrants, blackberries, fine toasting aroma, mild spices, hints of smokiness, graphite in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe but firm tannins, fine fruit, blackcurrants, hints of mild spices, an elegant blockbuster with excellent length. 95

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Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2016  ( Château Smith Haut Lafitte )

This estate has enjoyed an astonishing ascendancy in the last 15 years. The investment in wine making is extremely impressive. The love and attention to detail is easily seen in a vintage of this calibre. Medium deep colour. Fragrant dark plum, cassis red cherry aromas with herb garden spicy notes. Supple and richly flavoured with inky dark fruits, sinuous velveteen textures, roasted chestnut oak, juicy mid palate richness and fine bitter sweet finish. Lovely volume and acid cut with lacy tannin plume. a really lovely wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2016  ( Château Smith Haut Lafitte )

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with slightly ethereal character and expressive fruit. Blackcurrants, blackberries, fine toasting aroma, mild spices, hints of smokiness, graphite in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe but firm tannins, fine fruit, blackcurrants, hints of mild spices, an elegant blockbuster with excellent length. 95

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