Prior to the arrival of the Cathiard family, the Bordeaux estate of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte was not known for producing high quality wine. It took a decade, but starting in 2000, the wines started to show a lot of improvement with further jumps in quality in 2005, 2008 and again in 2009, and in my eyes, once again 2010! Read more...
This expressive red shows intensity with grace, balancing pure black cherry, mineral and tobacco flavors with toasty oak and fresh acidity. The tannins are firm but ripe, fading to a floral, smoky finish. Drink now through 2018. 6,665 cases made. Apr 30, 2011
One of the stars of the vintage, this elegant, smoky wine has hints of barbecue pit intermixed with sweet black currants and cherries. Dark purple and medium to full-bodied, its impressive finesse and wonderful purity make for a surprisingly forward style of Smith-Haut-Lafitte to drink over the next 15 or so years. #194May 2011
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