Red

2002 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 58

  • Eudemis Likes this wine:

    March 17, 2020 - 13% alcohol. Good cork, not that long but very dense and showing minimal wine penetration. Decanted a good hour ahead. Fairly deep colour with hardly any fading at the edge of the rim.
    Rich nose with a mixture of fresh berries, discreet ripe red bell pepper and some notes of evolution, adding up to a pretty complete experience.
    The mouth is equally good but if anything less classical than the nose. Perfect acidity and menthol notes give a lift to the finish. The oak does not intrude, and the overwhelming experience is one of freshness.
    If one wants to be hypercritical, one could point to a lack of Pessac character, but this is a damn good wine regardless.
    Comparing with my previous notes, I see that this bottle came across as considerably fresher and less opulent than the previous ones. Go figure...

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  • khmark7 wrote: 88 points

    February 26, 2020 - My first bottle in almost 6 years.....ooops. Holding up, but just barely so. Would recommend drinking before it's 20 yrs old.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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 6 (1%)
  • In Cellars 573 (59%)
  • Consumed 388 (40%)

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