Bordeaux Chateaux, Smith Haut-Lafitte

Le Petit Haut Lafitte Red, Pessac Leognan 2016 MAGNUM

R1,850

Second wine of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, yet worthy of praise in its own right. Precise, focused and beautifully balanced

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Large Formats, Second Wines, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux, Smith Haut-Lafitte

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2016

Wine Group

Boutique, Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

94 points

Story

Story

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte 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 modernized 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.

Le Petit Haut Lafitte is the Second wine, made from younger vines.

Specifications

Specifications

Blend – 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot

Winemaking – Created during the blending process of the Grand vin, the winemaking is identical and made from younger vines. Slow fermentation in Oak barrels.

Ageing – For 14 months in French oak barrels of which 20% new, and all made on the estate

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

A dark deep and dense red color, leading to an expressive nose of elegant red and black fruits of cherry, raspberry, blackcurrant with aromatic herbs notes. The palate is rich and concentrated, with good acidity and smooth tannins.
Palate is aromatic and delicate with fresh fruit, Pierre a fusil, dry herb and lovely floral touch.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 93-95 points

93–95. Barrel Sample. The wine, a majority of young Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, is structured and firm with solid tannins and layers of black currant. This will be ready to be drink after 2025.


Wine Enthusiast – 93 points

A hugely enjoyable wine that is intense and concentrated, with chocolate shavings, liquorice and damson, plus a brushed velvet texture. This is a vintage where the Cabernet Sauvignon did exceptionally well (55% with 45% Merlot), and it suits the style of this wine: powerful but finessed, but still no need to wait too long to begin drinking.


James Suckling – 92 points

The freshness and the currant aromas are very enticing. Blackberries, too. Full-bodied, very linear and crisp. Fine tannins. 60 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 40 per cent merlot. Better after 2021, but already very pretty.

Wine Advocate – 91-93 points

The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot matured in 20% new oak. It has a well-defined bouquet with mulberry, cranberry, pressed flowers and a touch of undergrowth; it is neatly defined though not powerful, but it does demonstrare commendable precision. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and firm tannin, quite tensile and energetic (more so than the Les Hauts de Smith) with impressive structure and length on the almost Pauillac-like, graphite infused finish. Do not ignore this little gem from Château Smith Haut-Lafitte, because it always punches above its weight.

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