2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan

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Community Tasting Note

  • Cristal2000 wrote:

    November 12, 2019 - Egged on to try this by my friend CSIMM's other worldly review. Sadly for me, I am not finding this to be near as open for business as he did. The tannins are taking center stage right now, really putting the clamps down on any flavor trying to leak through an almost impregnable wall.

    Hints of blackberry, stark minerality, loads of forest floor, white pepper, loamy soil and violets on the nose. First sip is fairly cringe-worthy just from the tannic bite, but quite clearly this is put together with excellent structure and great balance. Nice layering and terrific length, this is going to need a number of years before it is really approachable if this bottle is any indication. Can't really rate it easily right now, but pressed I'd say 93-94.

    Day 2: Felt compelled to report back after 24 hours of air. The tannins have loosened up quite a bit, and it is showing SO much better than yesterday. The tension and purity are notable, as is the energy crossing the palate. This shows massive potential and upside. Scoring now would be more in the 95-96+ range.

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  • csimm1161 commented:

    11/12/19, 6:26 PM - Eeeeesh. Sorry my friend. I owe you a Verdad. :)

  • anthroman commented:

    11/12/19, 7:36 PM - Thanks for taking one for the team! And kudos to you for not giving it an official rating. I’ll give my case another decade!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    11/13/19, 9:04 PM - Hi Anthroman - this sucker was a ball of tannins yesterday, but damn, today they have given way to a hell of a wine. This should be fairly amazing down the line. Cheers!

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