2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

This sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored wine from Smith Haut Lafitte has a gorgeous floral nose with notes of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, and cassis that jump from the glass of this inky, very dense, yet strikingly pure wine. Light on its feet despite its stunning concentration and multi-layered mouthfeel, this wine has fabulous intensity, richness and length. Quite impressive, and still incredibly youthful, this is a superstar of the vintage, and capable of lasting another 25-30 years.

Drink Dates: 2015-2045
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 219

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 Spectator | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: alphajet
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 03/12/2010
Drink Dates: 2015-2030

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Rating: 91
Author: zepierotti
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 07/20/2012

Rating: 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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Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

5445 bottles owned by 935 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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