Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge
Drink: 2018 – 2032
Price: $107.82 excl. GST
- Tasting Notes
The 2013 Smith-Haut-Lafitte has a composed and quite refined bouquet, certainly one of the best that I have encountered on the Left Bank, with wild strawberry mixed with cedar and a touch of graphite. The palate is smooth on the entry, the oak nicely integrated, almost Pinot-like in texture with a prickle of spice on the finish. Recommended for the vintage, this constitutes a very respectable Pessac-Leognan from the Cathiard family in what was a difficult vintage.
– Neal Martin, Robertparker.com, Score: 90
One of the most exciting wines of the year, the 2013 Smith Haut Lafitte graces the palate with an exotic melange of dark red/black fruit, violets, menthol, new leather, crushed rocks and dried herbs. The 2013 doesn’t have the grip or structure of the very best years, but it is nevertheless striking and will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. This is an especially tender, young Smith Haut Lafitte. The 2013 is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
– Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, Score: 90-93
Aromas of plums, vine bark and hints of chocolate. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a long finish. Give it two or three years to soften. Excellent for the vintage. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, and a touch of cabernet franc and petit verdot.
– James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com, Score: 92
This is direct, with a modestly juicy edge guiding the core of crushed black currant and blackberry fruit, while the finish picks up light tobacco and licorice snap notes. Shy on density, but there’s purity and refinement. Drink now through 2023. 10,000 cases made.
– James Molesworth, Winespectator.com, Score: 89