2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan

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Community Tasting Note

  • RoyaltyCoins wrote: 96 points

    December 11, 2019 - Deep ruby

    Nose: Black cherry, blackberry pie crust, violet flower, warm cedar and graphite. Elegantly perfumed.

    Mouth: Round, full cassis with flashes of cherry cordial and licorice roll through in slow waves, crashing against each other before immediately doing a U-turn and snapping into a midpalate of dark tobacco, black earth, and graphite. Finish lingers endlessly on this note, turning bitter/tarry as it adds a bit of dried herb and very slowly fades. Throughout, muscular tannins linger on the sides, giving an additional brooding feel to the package.

    Overall: At the moment this has flashes of elegance, but is still very much in bruiser territory. The layers are immense, the finish refuses to quit. It's a deep black well as it stands, and deserves to be laid down for quite a while to try and mature and let so much of what it offers integrate. Titanic, and has an endless runway ahead of it. Five years minimum, Probably 2045-50 maximum. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.


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1 Comment

  • Mark1npt commented:

    12/11/19, 12:56 PM - Thanks for the notes, much appreciated!

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