2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 750ml

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2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 93

($80-$110) Good fresh red-ruby color. Reticent but pure aromas of plum, mocha and tobacco. This began sweet and dense but a bit sullen, then exploded with aeration to show sharply delineated flavors of plum, tobacco, hot stones and smoked meat. Wonderfully fat and full wine that spreads out on the back to saturate the entire palate. This makes the '07 seem peppery and high-pitched in comparison. Very long on the aftertaste. I asked technical director Teitgen to name his favorite recent vintages in Pessac-Leognan, and he listed 1998, 2001 and 2005.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 95

One can't say enough about the accomplishments the Cathiards have achieved at this property since 1990. Prior to their purchase of the property, appallingly diluted, vegetal, fruitless, charmless wines were produced, but they have turned Smith-Haut-Lafitte into a showcase Pessac-Leognan. The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2005's extraordinary nose reeks of charcoal, incense, scorched earth, abundant blackberry, blueberry, and cherry fruit, toast, and spice. Good acidity, huge but sweet tannin, and fabulous precision as well as definition characterize this full-bodied, super-concentrated effort. It should prove to be among the longest-lived wines yet made by the Cathiards.

Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 93

Very grapey, with black licorice and mineral character. Full-bodied, with hints of new wood and spices. Big and velvety. This is balanced and very silky, with harmonious yet chewy tannins. This is a different style from the 2003, but it's equally impressive. A wonderful young wine.

Drink Dates: 2013+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 91
Author: zepierotti
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 07/20/2012
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Author: alphajet
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 03/12/2010
Drink Dates: 2015-2030

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Score: 91
Author: Daniel F397
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/18/2008
Black cherry and currant on the nose, with an underlying minerality. Very smooth on the palate. All that was missing was that one extra layer.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Smith-Haut-Lafitte:

2010 (750ml)
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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