Red

2018 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • Mascarello59 Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 3, 2019 - 2018 Bordeaux tasting event (Stockholm): Soft and plush with a generous profile. The typical SHL smokey, flinty nose is recognisable. Relatively rich and with a long lingering finish. 94-95p

  • rossi.wine wrote: 96 points

    July 3, 2019 - Tasted next to 2009. Exuberant and generous on the nose. Mix of red and dark fruit, floral notes, spices, smoke. Good concentration and weight, at the same time very pure and vibrant. Polished tannins, slightly bitter. Very long and lingering finish. Impressive. 95-96+

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  • mail2mraan wrote: 90 points

    May 11, 2019 - ok

  • sirpat007 wrote: 95 points

    May 9, 2019 - Bordeaux 2018 barrel tasting (Papiersaal Sihlcity, Zürich): Barrel sample tasted at a merchant event in Zurich. Out of a sample of 12 wines, my main conclusions were: 1) again a strong vintage as pundits claim with ripe fruit profiles the common theme, and 2) generally elevated alcohol levels proved less of an issue on the palate than I feared with hardly any unwanted heat on the palate. Within this small sample, my highlights were Calon Ségur (98) and Rauzan-Ségla (98) with Pichon Baron (97) not far behind.

    Pretty classic, probably the most classic of this sample, with mixed berries and already hints of tobacco and leather. Whether the 2018 can rise to the 2015 (96) and 2016 (97) is hard to say at this point, but definitely not far behind.

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  • Cailles wrote: 93 points

    May 9, 2019 - Bordeaux 2018 I (Zurich): A first look at the 2018 vintage at a merchant tasting in Zurich with 11 red wines tasted. It might be quite difficult to judge the wines (I don't have 30 years barrel tasting experience) but some relative conclusions still can be made: 1) the best wines are as soft and elegant as the best 2016s (Figeac, Conseillante, Carmes HB, Rauzan Segla); 2) The aromatic complexity and precision of some wines is very exciting (Calon Segur, Figeac, Carmes HB), 3) There are some wines which cannot mask the high(er) alcohol levels (Pavie Maquin, Calon Segur, Leoville Poyferre). Overall, I still think that 2016 will ultimately be the better vintage thanks to lower alcohol levels and a cooler, purer fruit. On the other hand, I see 2018 a tad above 2015.

    TN: I adored Smith Haut Lafitte in 2016 and think that it is a must have and one of the best wines in its price range (although a small sip tasted the day of the 2018 tasting didn‘t excite me as much as the it did back in November). This 2018 is not on the same level but still a good wine. Red fruit, dark fruit, a very nice minty note (the biggest minty note of all wines tasted that day which I dig in wines), some other herbal notes. Very fresh, round and well-balanced. This SHL will never be the most complex wine but it still has the potential to become a crowd pleaser.

    I see this wine somewhere in the 91 to 95 point range.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • 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 Code 3438081116018

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1,017 (78%)
  • In Cellars 280 (21%)
  • Consumed 13 (1%)

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