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2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • 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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  • 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.

    96.

    6 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 13, 2019 - Ode to France, les Accabailles and the Crus Classés de Grave (Château Carbonnieux): Not as impressive an experience as I had in January this year in Philly, so the wine may be closing down. But the depth and density are undeniable as is the savory, somewhat modern style.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • LM_NC wrote:

    October 18, 2019 - Highest scoring lowest priced Bordeaux 2016

    "...Is this the best vintage of Smith Haut Lafitte? Maybe. Regardless, it is going to give the 2009 and 2010 a run for the money."
    The wine Insider 98Pts

    "...The 2016 Smith Haut Lafitte is flat out stunning. Rich, ample and explosive"
    Vinous: 98 Pts

    "...The broad finish has the grip and cut for definition. A beautiful wine in the making"
    Wine Spectator: 98 Pts

    "...superbly plush tannins, finishing epically long and beautifully layered."
    R. Parker's Wine Advocate: 98 Pts

    "...dense structure, superb acidity and black currant fruits, this is a great wine"
    Wine Enthusiast: 98 Pts
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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte has a long history in Bordeaux that dates back over 800 years.

    The estate started out life as part of the Du Boscq holdings in the Graves region. It was Du Boscq who planted vines in 1365 on a gravelly plateau called Lafitte. This is of course where part of the famous chateau took its name from.

    Jumping ahead a few hundred years, George Smith bought the Graves estate in 1720. Smith added his name to the property, which we now know of as Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.

    Today, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is owned and managed by Daniel Cathiard (former olympic skiing champion) and Florence Cathiard. The Cathiard’s purchased the Bordeaux estate in 1990.

    -Eddy Le Garrec

    Smith Haut Lafitte in 2016 Vintage

    This is a strong candidate for the best wine yet produced by Daniel. The inky color lets you know this is going to be packed and stacked with layers of ripe fruit. But there is more going on here than concentration. Dense, yet light on its feet, the fruit displays a level of purity not seen here before. The oak is better integrated and velvet and silky texture is a complete turn on Everything is in balance and harmony here. Wine Cellar Insider 99Pts

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 14, 2019 - Nose: Nice red fruits like fresh, dark red cherries, dark ripe strawberries, cranberries, a slight carbonic nose, slight barnyard funk and/or brett, soft forest floor with undergrowth, a really subtle spice and barely any oak. If this was served blind, I would have guessed Pinot Noir.

    Palate: Dark red fruits with integrated deep rich earth, slight oak and a slight spice (or heat, hard call), slight tobacco leaves and finishes with some minerality and something like black tea.

    Dark ruby with a slight purpling. Dry with medium amounts of fine, grippy tannins. Medium-plus body with medium amounts of acidity. Good finish of about 14-16 seconds. Good intensity, fresh and seems just a tad wild in terms of juiciness and acidity. But I think that's due to the youth of this wine. Not that I would know but I think at least 7-8 years for the acidity to calm down for this to show well. It's really hard to imagine how this would be later down the line but it should be better integrated. It's good and well made but not my style.

    Other details: No decant, time in glass only. Due to cooler weather conditions, pours from the bottle were about 58° but was able to get to to about 63° which was showed better: darker, richer, less sharp in acidity and more dense.

    2 people found this helpful Comments (6)
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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/25/2019 (link) 91 points

    (Château Smith Haut Lafitte) Dark ruby color; red currant, olive, nutmeg nose; silky textured, cassis, red currant palate with good balancing acidity; medium-plus finish (63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot) 91+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • 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 000002696263, 031259043623, 343081116018, 3438070109151, 3438081116018

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  • Pending Delivery 513 (15%)
  • In Cellars 2,837 (83%)
  • Consumed 64 (2%)

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