Red

2008 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 109

  • jrt Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 6, 2020 - Double decanted and allowed to breathe two hours. I will hold my remaining bottled for several more years. Even at 12 years this is still and infant and needs time to come together. There is a lot going on, and it is approachable, but with the amount of fruit and tannins it needs time.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • curtr Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 29, 2020 - Decant 2 hrs.

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  • spineguy Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 18, 2020 - Ready to go after 45 minutes in a decanter. Agree with comment that this bottle has a more modern style.

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  • mcease wrote: 90 points

    December 25, 2019 - Disappointed in this one. One of my all time favourite Bordeaux but this fell short. No complexity, some rotted wood typical of Bordeaux but very faint. Some dark fruit but no complexity. 89-90 points.

  • JChan wrote: 91 points

    November 29, 2019 - A bit disappointed when you compare this with PC 2008 that night.

    Not bad, but just not too impressive.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    2008 Bordeaux - Now at age 10, 2/28/2019 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    3/2/2018 (link)

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  • By Neal Martin
    2008 Bordeaux: A Day In A Life (Feb 2018), 2/18/2018 (link)

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  • By Richard Hemming MW
    2/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Jane Anson
    2008 Bordeaux 10 Years on, 1/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2011, Issue #34, Re-Visiting the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage: Is It Superior to Both 2009 and 2010?

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/4/2011 (link)

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Snapshot of the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage- Really a Lovely and Classically Proportioned Year

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Julia Harding, MW
    10/19/2010 (link)

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The World of Fine Wine

  • June 2009, Issue #24 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/11/2009 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Ian D'Agata
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2011 (link) 87 points

    (Château Smith Haut Lafitte) Dark purple red violet color; oak, green herb, red currant nose; tart red currant, flat, low acidity; medium finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2010 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte (Pessac-Léognan)) Rather concentrated fruit here, a touch high-toned, crunchy and perfumed, showing the crystalline and crisp quality of the vintage although with richness too. A solid style on the palate, highly polished, with a little silkiness hinted at from time to time but always with a strong layer of almost gamey fruit. Good pervasive fruit substance. Soft and ripe tannins, very well put together with a pile of structure that will demand cellar time. A wine of big structure and big fruit too.

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2009 (link) (16-17+) points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan) Tasted twice. Smoky, slightly mineral, sweet and bright fruit on the nose here. Deep and creamy style on the palate, violet-tinged perfumed red fruit character, with moderate acidity, lots of flashy substance and a ripe grip. Overall a good, firm style.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • 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 015643505614, 3364420049412, 3438010107322, 3438010108329, 3438081112010, 3450301082309, 607921014217

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 114 (3%)
  • In Cellars 2,691 (78%)
  • Consumed 645 (19%)

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