2003 Smith-Haut-Lafitte - Blanc 750ml

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IWC 90   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Medium yellow. More exotic, musky aromas of stone fruits and resiny oak. Fat, ripe, sweet and rich; can't match the young 2004 for flavor definition, but this is impressively full-bodied and opulent, almost viscous, in the style of the vintage. A low-acid, high-alcohol version of white Graves , with a chewy, minerally finish. I'd drink think in the medium term, as the alcohol may overwhelm the fruit seven or eight years from now.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Giuliano
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2013
Golden yellow. Nose reminds of acacia honey, hazelnuts, apricots: Wonderful in the mouth, with a long, long finish reminding cashews. Wow!

Average rating: 86, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

518 bottles owned by 108 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.

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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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