2003 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Graves | Cru Classe/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Smith-Haut-Lafitte
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International Wine Cellar | 91

($46) Good deep red with ruby highlights. Ripe, expressive nose offers plum, strawberry, currant and tobacco. Dense, fat and sweet, with lovely breadth but also excellent vinosity for the year. The red fruit, tobacco and smoke flavors are nicely framed by firm acids. Finishes broad and long, with sweet tannins and plenty of energy. Accessible now but should evolve positively for a decade or more.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 92

The opulent, accessible 2003 offers a dense plum/ruby-tinged color and a big, sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, smoked herbs, lead pencil, and subtle wood. It is a deep, fleshy, medium to full-bodied offering with low acidity, a plump, opulent texture, and a heady finish. Enjoy this beauty over the next 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Wine Spectator | 93

Loads of blackberry and licorice with hints of meat and smoked oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of very ripe and exotic fruit. Very exotic and wild. Rich finish. 8,330 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 92
Author: flavio
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/07/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2014
Score: 91
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/03/2011
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Shows the ripe fruitiness of the vintage, framed by pleasantly funky brett and an iron undertow. This is one of the few bordeaux I've had that taste like a bordeaux. Not for everyone, but should please fans of the Old World style. Good value for the price. Drink now through 2016.
Score: 89
Author: biggsy
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/20/2010
Dark ruby with a pinkish rim. The nose is bloody and iron-rich with tobacco, wet flint and a hint of tomato. Quite youthful with grippy tannins, concentrated blackcurrant fruit and spicy cedar. The most youthful wine of the day.
Score: 93
Author: Stefan N
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/30/2007
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Loads of blackberry and licorice with hints of meat and smoked oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of very ripe and exotic fruit. Very exotic and wild. Rich finish. Best after 2009.
More Vintages and Sizes of Smith-Haut-Lafitte:

2009 (750ml)
2000 (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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