Red

1998 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 180

  • Ridgerunner Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 23, 2020 - Certainly not "old" in the glass! Solid fruit, building complexity... might continue to improve over five years for those who like aged wines.

  • NickA Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 18, 2020 - The blue capsule of this wine has been winking at me for a while now, and the fact it's a Wednesday and my social life has been cancelled seems a good enough reason to finally introduce it to the corkscrew.

    Surprisingly mature - lots of funk on the nose and a leathery, gamey palate. Cool and gravelly and a hint of cassis on the finish. Doesn't puff out its chest or shout about itself, but lots of interest: the tertiary flavours are moreish, in the manner of a washed-rind cheese or well-hung grouse.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • salil wrote: 93 points

    March 10, 2020 - Consistent with my last bottle. In a great place right now - very classic Graves smokiness and gravelly savouriness with the ripe red and black fruit of the vintage, and the structure starting to integrate. Still some grainy tannin on the back end though it eases with a decant, but I have no qualms about opening these now.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jnewman77 wrote: flawed

    February 7, 2020 - Corked...

  • JCGuthrie wrote: 92 points

    February 2, 2020 - Decanted at home 45 minutes, then sat open in the restaurant for perhaps 2 hours. This was a bit of an enigma to me. Upon pouring I got a wonderful aged BDX nose, with similar, albeit more understated flavors on the palate. It then seemed to shut down a bit, only to recover 15 minutes later. Maybe just me. Regardless, a good wine, but not one I would race to re-purchase unless there was a great deal to be had.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

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    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Smith Haut Lafitte
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Codes 002562000092, 087000336742

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 11 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,834 (62%)
  • Consumed 1,130 (38%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Asian Pork Ribs, Beef Dishes, Brie Cheese, Camembert Cheese, Grilled lamb chops, Lamb, Roast Beef

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