2005 Bordeaux Retrospective (Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza): The nose showed intense red berry and floral perfumes with cedar, spice, undergrowth, minerals and animal musk. On the palate, I found soft, velvety textures which seemed to soothe the senses. Ripe, crushed dark fruit, with inner floral tones, soil, undergrowth, and minerals prevailed even as fine tannin mounted. Although in its early drinking window, the Smith Haut Lafitte is still an infant in terms of evolution and should continue to improve in the cellar for another 10-20 years.
Opened by Mark. Decanted for 4 hours. My favorite of the 5 bordeaux. Good amount of sediment. Blackish red color with a ruby rim. Last had this on release and loved it then. Wonderful nose filled with mint and woody aromas. Notes of smoke, pipe tobacco and red currant. The tannins were still tight but this was very tasty and showed great potential. My experience with this estate is relatively recent having only had the 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010 and this wine. However, this bottle and the 2009 stand out among that crowd. 94+ points.
Concentrated nose with lots of dark berries. Also hints of coffee and leather. Nice, smooth tannins on the palate. Great balance and length. A little bitterness in the end but after some time in the glass the bitterness is gone. A great wine!
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(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+
(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.
(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.
(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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