2000 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Graves | Cru Classe/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2000 Smith-Haut-Lafitte

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International Wine Cellar | 90(+?)

($57-$59) Good full ruby. Roasted red and black fruits, smoke and licorice on the nose. Powerful, even a bit aggressive, with less sweetness and subtlety than the subsequent vintages. Finishes with big, chewy, ripe tannins and lingering notes of tobacco and leather. Very Graves in style. This appears to be in the process of shutting down in the bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Advocate | 95

One can't say enough about this winery, which may still fly under the radar of most consumers. The fully mature 2000 displays gorgeous aromas of camphor, lead pencil shavings, unsmoked tobacco, plums, and black currants. With full body, a velvety texture, and beautiful weight, richness, and length, this superb wine should evolve, possibly improve for another 15 years. It's a beauty!

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 189

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Wine Spectator | 90

Aromas of spice, earth and meat with just a hint of tobacco. Fruity. Full-bodied, with spicy, tar and earthy character. Very intense, almost funky. Long, velvety finish. Intense wine.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 90
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/06/2013

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Score: 94
Author: 0000
Trust Rating: 67
Tasted On: 01/11/2011

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Score: 94
Author: flavio
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/22/2010
Drink Dates: 2010+

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Score: 91
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2003
Drink Dates: 2006-2018
I have always been impressed with the wines of this estate. The cepage usually consists of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged for approximately 18 months in a blend of 50% new oak and 50% used barrels. Interestingly, this chateau has its own cooperage on site. This deep dark rich wine displays a laser like nose of gamy intense dark fruits. The wine has excellent length with fruit that strongly continues through on its finish. Unlike many 2000s, maturity will come early for this wine.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Smith-Haut-Lafitte:

2009 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte is located in the Pessac-Leognan appellation and is classified as a Graves Classified Growth. The chateau produces about 16,000 cases per year, which includes both their red and white versions and their second label, Les Hauts de Smith. The average 30-year-old vines represent red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc; and whites Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Semillon. The vineyards are situated on gravel, which gives its vines two great advantages: superb natural drainage, and pebbles that reflect the sun's rays, helping to ripen the fruit. The red wine is concentrated and powerful, with a bouquet of ripe red berry fruit. It may also have overtones of licorice, violet, and flint. The white wine is characterized by citrus, apple, peach and brioche with strong acidity. It is very long and clean on the palate.

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