Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2008
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
This wine displays a very dark red robe. The bouquet is expressive and very complex with hints of black and red fruit (cherry and blackcurrant) smoky notes and touches of flint, spices, liquorice and clove. This wine is dense and big on the palate with a nice velvety tannin structure. It then opens up to reveal an attractive balance of concentration and aromatic harmony. And the spicy hints of clove, the blackcurrant and liquorice come back to the fore along with the characteristic note of gunflint so distinctive to our gravelly terroir. The 2008 vintage is clearly a powerful, concentrated, well-balanced, silky wine that will age well.
An elegant wine, smooth and rounded, bringing out smoky fruits over tannins that smooth out as the fruit unfolds. Less opulent than some previous vintages, the wine shows restraint and aging potential.Score: 93. —Roger Voss, April 01, 2011.
One of the stars of the vintage, this elegant, smoky wine has hints of barbecue pit intermixed with sweet black currants and cherries. Dark purple and medium to full-bodied, its impressive finesse and wonderful purity make for a surprisingly forward style of Smith-Haut-Lafitte to drink over the next 15 or so years.Score: 92. —Robert Parker, May 2011.
This expressive red shows intensity with grace, balancing pure black cherry, mineral and tobacco flavors with toasty oak and fresh acidity. The tannins are firm but ripe, fading to a floral, smoky finish. Drink now through 2018. 6,665 cases made.Score: 91. —James Suckling, April 30, 2011.
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