Red

2008 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 100

  • spineguy Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 15, 2019 - Same as last tasting note. Consistent.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • benny wrote: 94 points

    May 15, 2019 - Two hour decant. Dark dark cherry and chocolate.

  • Ibetian wrote: 93 points

    April 16, 2019 - First of 6, popped and poured. Immediate positive impression, nice complexity on nose and palate, good freshness, smooth and ready to drink. Better than expected.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • benny wrote: 93 points

    March 30, 2019 - Decanted one hour. Soft tannins. Little oak. Sweet fruit. Strong cherry. A bit short on the nose.

  • spineguy Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 16, 2019 - When the bottle was opened at dinner I thought initially it was not going to be drinkable that night because of the austere tannins. Within 45 minutes the integration and softening became apparent and wonderful. Lots of great Graves dark stuff going on here. Really drank well all around once the air got to this wine. Perhaps lacked some complexity. Can drink now or in a decade, maybe two.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson
    3/2/2018 (link)

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Vinous

  • 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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The World of Fine Wine

  • Issue #38 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • 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 3364420049412, 3438010107322, 3438010108329, 3438081112010, 3450301082309, 607921014217

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 127 (4%)
  • In Cellars 2,697 (80%)
  • Consumed 537 (16%)

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