2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan

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  • TXRDW wrote: 94 points

    December 22, 2019 - This was my first SHL ever, and one of the few French wines I’ve tried. I typically stick with the Napa fruit bombs, mainly because of familiarity. Notes of cassis, blackberry, red licorice, herbs and a touch of mint. Very well balanced with a substantially long finish. Decanted half the bottle on day one, slow ox day two. The wine mellowed quite a bit overnight as it initially was a little hot and overpowering. What impressed me the most was how smooth this wine became on day two, very balanced even though the tannins were quite dominating. Much more subtle than the Napa wines I’m used to, which is refreshing.

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  • Mark1npt commented:

    12/22/19, 7:07 PM - Lol...two entirely differently animals! You will love BDX wines, so long as you give them plenty of time.....

  • TXRDW commented:

    12/23/19, 6:17 AM - Thanks, Mark. You don’t know what you don’t know, but I’m learning much of what I don’t know about Bordeaux wines is pleasantly surprising.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    12/23/19, 11:28 AM - TX, they are entirely different animals and 'so refreshing' when you need the occasional break from those Napa fruit bombs.....I love them but find as I'm getting older, need an occasional rest! Also nice to appreciate the little layers and subtleties that exist in wine instead of fruit and more fruit 100% of the time.

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