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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    High Rnd Bordeaux and Rhone Reds, Episode #897, 8/2/2010, (See more on Wine Library TV...) 92+ points

    (Chateau Smith Haut Lafite Rouge) #3; COLOR-gorgeous dark red; NOSE-big red fruit; enjoying the plum aspect; gorgeous pomegranate on the tail end; some creaminess; PALATE-this wine is not fooling around; very big; great silkiness coming across; beautiful dark cherry flavors on the mid-palate that I like quite a bit; refinement; there's gorgeous REAL tobacco on the 3rd quarter mid-palate transition to the finish; then it hits you with very, very hard with sour cherry meets grainy leaf with a accents of pink cotton candy; really quite pretty; great silkiness, but very dark and very young; tight tannins; this wine is a baby; this is fantastic, but not completely knocking my socks off at this $100 price point; but ultimately, this is just so young and has potential to improve; RP-95; GV-92+


  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17-17.5+ points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan) Lots of toasty oak on the nose here, over tightly grained fruit. Smoky, charcoaly, wood-derived elements. Supple entry, soft and well composed, perhaps just a little too reticent. Fruit seems rather tightly packed in and is hiding behind a layer of oak that mirrors that found on the nose. Soft, but with a nice harmony that suggests that this wine will come good with time, although it is difficult to pass authoritative judgement today.

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/27/2008, (See more on 86 points

    (Château Smith Haut Lafitte) Very dark red violet color; vanilla and caramel oak nose; a little remote, nothing on entry, then oaky tart plum; medium finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008, (See more on 84 points

    (Château Smith Haut Lafitte) Medium red violet color; tobacco nose; big on tannins right now; drying short-medium finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan) A gentle nose, perhaps rather surprising in light of the preceding wines, with a redcurrant character. The palate has a really lovely style, smooth and rather seamless, with the tannins well hidden. Ripe and textured, but firm, with very good grip. This is very nicely composed, and has a good, ripe, grippy finish. Excellent potential again.
  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17-18 points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan) A moderate depth of colour, but a very expressive nose here, which displays complex, meaty, blackberry fruit. Good texture and weight on the palate, carrying a lovely depth of cherry and berry fruit. Fine, quite firm, not over-extracted tannins, although there is quite a flourish of them on the finish. An appealing, silky quality here. This has real depth, and is a real success for this perhaps underrated property. Tasted at the 2005 Bordeaux en primeur tasting.

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