Red

1997 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
Drink between 2005 - 2012 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • JChan wrote: 92 points

    October 22, 2015 - Drinking from a magnum at a fullmoon night of my bb. Very good nose, aromatic and elegant, black currant and berries dominate. Medium to full bodied. Long finish. A very good quality wine under such vintage.

  • aquacongas Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 8, 2014 - medium to fullbodied, better tannin structure than the 2001, developed tannins, I would drink it now, still fine fruit cassis, black currant

  • Tonydufour Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 7, 2014 - A little passed its prime and the nose is not overpowering. However, there is a high level of complexity on the nose: cedar, raspberry, strawberry and truffles.

    Typical body for a bordeaux of that age: tawny color.

    It has a very long finish and the strawberry flavors are dominating after the first sip. Other fruit flavor like raspberry and blackberry are more subtle. All the wood and cedar aromas have disappeared.

    A wine that went exponential with the food (steak, frites) and cheese after dinner.

    No need to decant more than 30 min. There was low to moderate deposit in the bottle.

  • GEDC wrote: 91 points

    May 25, 2012 - From a Mag, nice leather, tobacco, and earth. At the end a hint of bitterness. Wine is still excellent but past it's prime. Drink now!!

  • dave747400 wrote: 91 points

    June 20, 2011 - Double decanted 1hr. With roast Sirloin & all the trimmings. Fathers day treat - and a very nice treat it was! Really beautiful nose of earth & leather leading on to a nice, full, round palate. Fairly sweet with lots of secondary complexity, then a dry, long finish with some gentle tannins remaining. Lovely bottle.

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  • By Jane Anson
    Smith Haut Lafitte Vertical, 4/6/2018 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    8/30/2005 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 194 (54%)
  • Consumed 164 (46%)

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