Bordeaux Chateaux, Smith Haut-Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan 2010

R3,995

A perfectly balanced, complex, super-rich and pure wine full of sensuality, crafted with passion and ageworthiness by Smith Haut Lafitte

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux, Smith Haut-Lafitte

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2010

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

98 points

Story

Story

Château Smith-Haut-Lafite has been transformed during the last decade from being a perennial underachiever to being one of the leading estates in the Graves region.

For many years it was owned by the Bordeaux négociant Eschenauer – in 1990 it was bought by former Olympic skiing champion, Daniel Cathiard. He cut down on the amount of chemicals and herbicides used in the vineyards, and fully modernised the winemaking facilities. The proportion of new oak barrels used in the maturation process was increased and a trio of eminent oenologists (including the ubiquitous Michel Rolland) were hired as consultants.

The 55 hectares of vineyards are located on a gravel ridge to the east of Château Haut-Bailly.

Specifications

Specifications

Blend – 64% Cabernet Sauvignon / 30% Merlot / 5% Cabernet Franc / 1% Petit Verdot

Winemaking – The bunches were fermented whole in small oak vats at 28°C and extracted with manual pigeage (punching down the cap).

Ageing – In barrel on the lees for 18 months (65% of the new barrels were made at the estate’s own cooperage), and only racked once. Duration of ageing adjusted to each wine.

Average age of the vines – 38 years

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

2010 Smith Haut Lafitte rouge is a deep, concentrated, nearly black colour. The bouquet displays a range of red and black fruit aromas, as well as ones reminiscent of spice and warm herbs. With aeration, the wine reveals magnificent black fruit, liquorice, clove, and graphite nuances… The wine starts out firm and straightforward on the palate. It is huge, but in no way austere. Its power comes through in a full-bodied flavour profile with a long aftertaste. The tannin is rich and silky, and the texture is well-defined thanks to ripe tannin and a careful control during extraction. The wine has an extremely well-focused structure and taste. The long aftertaste of liquorice, red fruit, and black fruit also features more subtle underlying flavours of hot stones and warm earth. This 2010 Smith Haut Lafitte rouge is undoubtedly one of the finest wines the estate has ever made.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 98 points

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7. (98+)  (2/2013)


Wine Enthusiast – 96 points *Cellar Selection*

A beautifully ripe wine with great black fruits that burst through the classic tannins. In its richness and in its structure, it combines the best of the vintage. Dark, complex, fruity and very rich, a magnificent wine for long-term aging. (3/2013)


Wine Spectator- 96 points

Gorgeous, with alluring black tea and warm ganache notes that unfurl slowly, while the core of intense steeped plum, anise, blackberry compote and black currant confiture sits patiently in reserve. The beautiful loam-, tobacco- and tar-filled finish displays major heft, but also remarkable polish and grace. Should age very slowly. Best from 2018 through 2035. (3/2013)


 James Suckling- 95 points

Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Lots of mushroom and fruit undertones. Very polished. Such finesse yet structure to this young wine. (2/2013)

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