1998 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Graves | Cru Classe/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WS 94   JR 18.5   IWC 90   WA 90   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

This young Bordeaux shows intense aromas of wet earth, stone and berries. It's full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Very well made indeed, and much better than when tasted from barrel. 9,165 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008+


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Notably deep colour. Lovely nose – full and opulent. Burnt edge but very savoury and appetising. Very dramatic. A bit dry finish. Gouleyant.

Drink Dates: 2005-2014
Author: Jancis Robinson


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Medium red. Complex aromas of currant, tobacco and smoke. Dry-edged in the manner of the vintage, but vinous and precise, with subdued sweetness and solid structure. Finishes with firm but rather sweet tannins and very good length. A classic, elegant style of Smith Haut Lafitte.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

A beautiful wine of symmetry, finesse, and elegance, this deep ruby/purple-colored offering reveals classic aromas of black currants, new wood, and scorched earth. This pure, medium-bodied, restrained, measured, graceful 1998 offers impressive overall symmetry as well as well-integrated tannin.

Drink Dates: 2003-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 02/27/2010

Average rating: 92, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1657 bottles owned by 408 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Chateau d'Armailhac, Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Calon Segur

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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