Red

2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 97

  • Wim de Leeuw Likes this wine: 100 points

    March 17, 2020 - Kleur: Diep, bijna ondoordringbaar, donkerrood. Aroma / bouquet: Stoer en donker bouquet. Donker fruit, aardse tonen, een vleugje leer. Deze wijn toont zich in alles een potentiele krachtpatser die pas in de toekomst zijn potentieel zal laten zien. Smaak / Afdronk: Veel van alles, jong, vitaal en krachtig. En toch al ongelofelijk harmonieus en verdomd lekker. Gepronunceerde zuurgraad. Mooie gerijpte tannines die de wijn in dit stadium nog een prominent maar aangenaam bittertje bezorgen. Retronasale, stoere smaakindrukken waarin donker fruit, leer en aardse tonen domineren. Zeer harmonieus, zelfs in dit stadium. Superlange afdronk. Algemeen / potentieel: Nu 11 jaar oud. Overduidelijk nog een extreem lange drinkbaarheidshorizon. Maar toch al ongelofelijk lekker, zacht en harmonieus. En met een zeer serieus ontwikkelingspotentieel. Valt er op deze wijn nog wat af te dingen? Of volg ik Robert Parker met zijn oordeel dat het hier een volmaakte wijn betreft. Ik doe het gewoon... 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 15 + Smaak / Afdronk: 20 + Algemeen / potentieel: 10 = 100/100

    Color: Deep, almost impenetrable, dark red. Aroma / bouquet: Tough and dark bouquet. Dark fruit, earthy tones, a touch of leather. This wine shows a potential powerhouse in everything that will only show its potential in the future. Taste / Finish: Much of everything, young, vital and powerful. And already incredibly harmonious and damn tasty. Prominent acidity. Beautiful matured tannins that give the wine a prominent but pleasant bitterness at this stage. Retronasal, tough taste impressions in which dark fruit, leather and earthy tones dominate. Very harmonious even at this stage. Super long finish. General / potential: Now 11 years old. Obviously an extremely long drinkability horizon. But already incredibly tasty, soft and harmonious. And with a very serious development potential. Is there still something to haggle on this wine? Or do I follow Robert Parker with his opinion that this is a perfect wine. I just do it ... 50 + Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 15 + Taste / Finish: 20 + General / potential: 10 = 100/100

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  • ccsargent Likes this wine: 97 points

    March 10, 2020 - Tasted alongside the 2009 Lagrange. Exotic, ripe, full-bodied but balanced. So much going on. I look forward to it’s evolution. Absolutely stunning!

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  • kfrench150 Likes this wine: 99 points

    March 7, 2020 - Deep dark impenetrable core grading to rich plummy purple just at the rim. Robes the glass when swirled and then there is a cascade of fine legs down the sides. Deep and rich nose bursting with smoky plum, mulberry, black licorice, camphor, black currant, char, mineral and cedar. Very sultry and exotic! So rich, smooth and silky in the mouth. Still lots of tannins there but they are very fine and buried under all the rich fruit extract. This, incredibly, builds from front to back with the most flavour revealing itself on the finish after swallowing and the tannins have faded. The flavours and fruit extract are simply amazing! Ripe black fruits, stewed plums, black licorice, cedar, black tea, powdered minerals, Chambord liqueur and more. The finish is nicely framed between the acidity and the tannins. Still a baby, but an utterly beautiful one! Perfect balance. Effortless. Etherial. Elegant. Amazing! 99 points now but only because I think this can gain some more complexity with time.

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  • G_H wrote: 94 points

    January 19, 2020 - 100 points reloaded: PNP - Oak, coffee, Fresh truffles, sour cherries, feels closed. This really Needs a 4 hour decant. The comparison to the wine last week (PNP vs 4 hour decant) was stark.

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  • Jimaronson Likes this wine: 97 points

    January 18, 2020 - Really terrific wine in a great spot to open. It will get better over the next three years, but no complains right now. Medium plus fruit, soft pallet, and will go perfect with filet. It might eventually be 100 pointer, but I believe it will cap out at 98 or 99.

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  • By John Gilman
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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Château Smith Haut Lafitte) Dark ruby color; raspberry, cassis nose; tasty, tight, cassis, tart cherry, cedar palate; medium-plus finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2011 (link) 17.5 points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte (Pessac-Léognan)) Perfumed and as expressive as always, dark berries alongside the red fruits with a blacker, darker, riper rather than crunchy streak. A really supple character on the palate, a good substance but there is also a fleshed-out weight to it, a core of grippy tannins, and a fresh seam of acidity cutting through it. The tannins do have rather a robust feel to them, and on a second taste they clearly have a slightly drying effect on the palate, dominating the finish too. This has been worked quite hard, but there is plenty of promise here.

  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2010 (link) (17.5-18.) points

    (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac-Léognan) A very dark and creamy wine with a bright cherry red-pink hue at the rim. The nose suggests lovely fruit concentration, very delineated and fresh, but plainly also rich and ripe. Dark in character, although with good floral tones. Lots of lovely substance on the palate, presented in a firm and bold style, with extracted tannins which dominate the palate. It has a good sense of balance though, with a layer of sweet but crunchy dark fruits alongside, and good acids too. An impressive wine full of character with really good potential.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • 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 000002696263, 000004441809, 031259043623, 087000347670, 3438010109326, 3438070109151, 3438070109328, 3438081112010, 3700188021930, 3700188021954, 3760127800149, 4501300016023, 6004786007653

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 655 (6%)
  • In Cellars 8,958 (79%)
  • Consumed 1,700 (15%)

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