Château Smith Haut Lafitte, 2015

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

Château Smith Haut Lafitte, 2015

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

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Bottle

  • Bottle
  • Case of 3
  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12
£92.50
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£92.50

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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Petit Verdot 2% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Fabien Teitgen Optimum Drinking: 2020-2045 Reviewer Rating: 97 Reviewer: eRobertParker.com Code: 103139 Alcohol: 13%
Estate Notes

Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2015 was purchased in its original wooden case and come from an excellent Bordeaux vintage, the best since the great 2010.

Smith Haut Lafitte has gone from nigh on the bottom of the class to the very top in a relatively short space of time, due in no small part to the investment, care and determination of Florence & Daniel Cathiard and their team. It offers scintillating quality and still relative value-for-money given its quality from a left bank château, and its wines (and owners) are some of the most charming in all Bordeaux.

Smith Haut Lafitte is owned by the amiable ex-Olympic skier Daniel Cathiard and his wife Florence, who have transformed the property and the quality of the wines beyond recognition since 1990. Smith-Haut-Lafitte is not classified as organic, but its practices are very much in the natural vein. They make their own organic compost and oak barrels.

Reviews

"…...the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte has a totally dazzling nose of exotic spices—star anise, fenugreek and Sichuan pepper—over a core of chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries, plum preserves, violets and earthy wafts of truffles, moss, tilled black soil and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and packing a lot of flavor into a relatively modest package, it fills the mouth with spice and herb-laced black and blue fruit layers, supported by very ripe, very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length. This is already a show-stopping, heart-pounding beauty, but should also age incredibly!” eRobertParker.com

"…Explosive and powerful in the glass, the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte is going to need time to come into its own. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, leather, licorice and savory herbs effortlessly fill out the wine's ample frame. The 2015 is an especially dark, concentrated Smith Haut Lafitte. Swaths of tannin carry the wine into a huge finish accented by hints of raspberry jam, chocolate, leather and tobacco. Today, the 2015 is more power than finesse. It will be interesting to see how things develop from here.” Antonio Galloni

"…This pumps out some serious blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry and black currant fruit flavors, with the texture of compote and a racy edge thanks to a terrific bolt of graphite that runs throughout. Waves of anise, roasted apple wood and tobacco drive the finish, with the fruit keeping pace easily. Destined for a long life.” Wine Spectator