Red

2002 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 55

  • Eudemis Likes this wine:

    September 30, 2018 - 13% alcohol. Good cork with a full cm of wine penetration. Decanted an hour ahead.
    Dark colour with just a hint of ageing at the edge. The nose is intensely fruity (blackcurrant), with barely a hint of oak. The mouth is in the same vein, irresistibly fruity and with a superb lively balance; again, not much direct evidence of oak. Should last another five to ten years, but best enjoyed while the fruit is at its vibrant best.
    I am won over by this wine even though its thoroughly modern fruit-forward character is not what I normally look for in a 15 year old Bordeaux; if I search for negatives, I can point to a one-dimensional aspect of the wine, ie a lack of complexity, as well as an absence of Pessac character. A somewhat guilty pleasure then, not to be repeated too often, and for that reason alone I will not label this as a repeat purchase.

  • MichielV wrote: 90 points

    July 8, 2018 - W steak from grill - JH and Roosje in Rhinebeck. Good solid wine but it was a bit rough around the edges. We had next to the 96 Lagrange. That was balanced and more medium weight. Still good fruit and tannins are still around. I found some “bitterness” but that was because of the roundness of the Lagrange. However this had good length and showed the interesting aspects of aged bordeaux.

  • MichielV wrote: 91 points

    May 5, 2018 - W veal chop from BBQ. Next to the 2004. This was the better wine tonight, more weight, more balance and subtelty of taste. Very good wine. Good finish.

  • rashcar Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 7, 2018 - Cork was 90% wet which means I gotta drink my other 3 bottles soon. Olives, spices and sour ripe fruits nose. Stings your mouth but not in a bad way. Taste a tiny bitter. Does have complexity though. Overall a good experience.

  • Eudemis Likes this wine:

    September 18, 2017 - 13% alcohol. Cork of good length but of average density (much worse in this respect than the 2004 white). Dark colour showing no sign of evolution.
    Captivating nose of perfectly ripe blackcurrants.
    The mouth is very satisfying too (although perhaps slightly behind the nose), with juicy fruit and lively acidity tamed by noticeable oak influence, which just manages not to upset the balance.
    Very successful in a rather modern style, but when it is done that well I cannot possibly object.
    Another success for this underrated vintage.
    A repeat purchase at the appropriate price point.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan) A good nose here, showing a little maturity. Quite meaty, iron notes, gravelly; this has an appealing, quite classic style. Rather soft, welcoming, rounded entry, but underneath there are firm tannins. My main criticism is that it is a little unfocused, but it has fairly crisp acidity and still shows a little brutal structure. I think it has really good potential, but it needs time.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • 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 18 (2%)
  • In Cellars 588 (62%)
  • Consumed 346 (36%)

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