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2000 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 59176-2000

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Complex aromas - hints of undergrowth, pencil lead, red fruit beginning the process of sweet vinous decay. Fine but leathery tannins, more mineral on the palate. Fragrant and fresh with subtle persistence. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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
  • Self | Rating: 94

  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2010+
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating: 91

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2018
    Author: Daniel B
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1380 bottles owned
  • 236 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 236 collectors)