Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte has an intriguing bouquet with surprising mineral intensity coming through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. The oak here is beautifully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a keen line of acidity, quite structured in the mouth, but that mineralité continues right to the finish that attenuates ever such a little. This is a thoroughbred Pessac-Léognan for the vintage. (NM)
Full red-ruby. Expressive nose offers plum, black raspberry, tobacco, mocha, truffle, licorice and herbs. Suave, fine-grained and vibrant; generous and plush yet light on its feet. Finishes very long and classy, with sweet tannins, terrific energy and palate-coating persistence and perfume. Not as fat or full as the 2005, but just a step behind that wine. (ST)
Gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate, cappuccino and berries lead to a full body, with luscious fruit and round tannins. Long and voluptuous for the vintage. Impressive. Best after 2014. (JS)
In a landscape in the Graves that is getting thinner and thinner in terms of traditional wines, it is wonderful to see Smith Haut Lafite going in the opposite direction of so many of its neighbors and making better wines today than it did a generation ago. The nose on the 2006 rouge is excellent, as this classic middleweight offers up an excellent blend of plums, cassis, bitter chocolate, herb tones, soil and a judicious framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, suave and silky, with a solid core of fruit, lovely focus and balance, modest tannins and fine length and grip on the poised and intensely flavored finish. Lovely juice. (Drink between 2016-2035)
With its prominent new wood, here is a wine that goes for spice, caramel and high toast flavors. It has great power, a wine that is currently all structure, leaving the fruit to gain in richness at a later stage. (RV)
Tasted blind. Light nose. Well-married elements on the palate with some Léognan freshness. Lightly minty and very please-all. Smith?? 17/20
The item you have chosen is not in stock in our retail stores or within our main warehouse.
Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup.