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1996 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 750ml
1996 Smith-Haut-Lafitte
France - Bordeaux - Graves / Cru Classe
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Smith-Haut-Lafitte
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Professional Reviews

IWC
89(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 84

Medium red. Warm aromas of redcurrant, hot gravel and tobacco. Supple and graceful in the mouth; not especially sweet but boasts rather penetrating flavor and firm framing acidity. Not quite as suave as this estate '95; finishes with slightly tough tannins.

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WA
90

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 122

The 1996 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is the quintessentially elegant Bordeaux. With a dark ruby/purple color, it displays a beautiful presentation of blackberry and cassis fruit nicely dosed with subtle new oak. On the attack, the wine is sweet and pure, with striking symmetry, and a compellingly balanced mid-palate and finish. Although not as big as some blockbusters from this vintage, it is extremely complex (both aromatically and flavor-wise), and impressive for its restraint, subtlety, and impeccable balance.

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WS
88

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Subtle and fruity with blackberry, floral and cedar undertones. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a cedar, mushroom, light coffee and fruit aftertaste.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 8,000 cases made.

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