Coffee, smoke, baked cherries, tar, caramel and thyme open the nose. Combining round textures with freshness, this can be enjoyed now, as you can see from the secondary notes, if you allow it an hour or two of air. But a few more years will add more softness and complexity along with additional time to integrate the oak into the wine.
Opened one and slowox for some 6h, stored cold. Nice complex nose but thin and coarse palate, must be an off bottle. Just no sense of the balance I remember. So, open a second bottle with much hopes for different experience. Straight from bottle but 100% similar to the first bottle. What is wrong? These are pretty close to undrinkable. very long taste actually but nothing in the pleasant sphere. Dare not open a third!
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.
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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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