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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

$105

Wine Advocate, 95 Points: The opaque bluish-purple 2012 Smith Haut Lafite offers up notes of licorice, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunningly ripe, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is another sensational effort from the Cathiards that is perfectly balanced, complex, super-rich and pure. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.

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Ratings on Delectable

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Dates back to the Crusades & Scottish navigator, George Smith, owner in 18th century, followed by M. Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux, then Louis Eschenauer, wine shipper. In 1990, Daniel & Florence Cathiard now own estate. A blend of 55% Cab Sauv, 40% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc, & 1% Petit Verdot. Dark red with dark berry fruit aromas, cedar and sweet spice. On the palate rich & complex ripe black fruit flavors, oak & cacao. Firm rich tannins, full, lingering, perfect balance. L-T aging.

Dates back to the Crusades & Scottish navigator, George Smith, owner in 18th century, followed by M. Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux, then Louis Eschenauer, wine shipper. In 1990, Daniel & Florence Cathiard now own estate. A blend of 55% Cab Sauv, 40% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc, & 1% Petit Verdot. Dark red with dark berry fruit aromas, cedar and sweet spice. On the palate rich & complex ripe black fruit flavors, oak & cacao. Firm rich tannins, full, lingering, perfect balance. L-T aging.

9.4

Daniel P. Drake Delectable Pro

It is Friday night and what better way to celebrate the start of the weekend then with a Bordeaux. I can't think of one. This 2012 Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a fine example of what I have come to love about Bordeaux. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The nose has that rich black fruit of black plum, black cherry, blueberry, black currant, a touch of strawberry, violet, black pepper, sweet tobacco leaf, graphite and some nice soil. Upon entry onto the palate there is a smooth creamy sweetness, black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, tobacco, spice, graphite and a rich earthy soil. The wine is full has a full body mouth feel, a medium + fresh acidity with medium + round mouth coating tannins that transitions right into a long lasting finish. My kind of Bordeaux setting up a start to an expected beautiful weekend. Please enjoy yourselves this weekend and be safe. Nostrovia!

It is Friday night and what better way to celebrate the start of the weekend then with a Bordeaux. I can't think of one. This 2012 Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a fine example of what I have come to love about Bordeaux. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The nose has that rich black fruit of black plum, black cherry, blueberry, black currant, a touch of strawberry, violet, black pepper, sweet tobacco leaf, graphite and some nice soil. Upon entry onto the palate there is a smooth creamy sweetness, black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, tobacco, spice, graphite and a rich earthy soil. The wine is full has a full body mouth feel, a medium + fresh acidity with medium + round mouth coating tannins that transitions right into a long lasting finish. My kind of Bordeaux setting up a start to an expected beautiful weekend. Please enjoy yourselves this weekend and be safe. Nostrovia!

9.5

Matt Trader Delectable Pro

Wine pull for the evening so far. Notes when I get to drinking, but until then, happy Independence day all my fellow wine lovers! I hope your day is full of great wine, great people, and great food. Cheers!

Wine pull for the evening so far. Notes when I get to drinking, but until then, happy Independence day all my fellow wine lovers! I hope your day is full of great wine, great people, and great food. Cheers!

9.5

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

Tasting group 2/7/16. Blind. Black pepper, black plum, wood, black cherries. Air is kind. Black cherries and plums in the flavors. Astringent.

Tasting group 2/7/16. Blind. Black pepper, black plum, wood, black cherries. Air is kind. Black cherries and plums in the flavors. Astringent.

9.1

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

#UGC12

#UGC12

9.2

Denis Roudenko Delectable Pro

Тельно, минерально, ягодно. 17/20 (94/100)

Тельно, минерально, ягодно. 17/20 (94/100)

9.0

James Ghent

Very smooth and fruity, floral nose

Very smooth and fruity, floral nose

9.2

Kimberly Anderson

It was a French week in Bermuda! Another fantastic bottle: aromas of cherry and anise. Slight bricking of color. Blackberry, graphite and gravel. I say oui oui! At Port of Call, Bermuda

It was a French week in Bermuda! Another fantastic bottle: aromas of cherry and anise. Slight bricking of color. Blackberry, graphite and gravel. I say oui oui! At Port of Call, Bermuda

9.3

Stanislav Lobanov

17/20 (92/100) Вино с ароматами сока из чёрной смородины, вишни, базилика, малины, ванили и шоколада с нотой сметаны. Дуб отлично интегрирован и не выпирает. Довольно высокая кислотность и мягкие, нежные танины. Отлично. (04.10.2017)

17/20 (92/100) Вино с ароматами сока из чёрной смородины, вишни, базилика, малины, ванили и шоколада с нотой сметаны. Дуб отлично интегрирован и не выпирает. Довольно высокая кислотность и мягкие, нежные танины. Отлично. (04.10.2017)

9.2

Jonathan Wall Delectable Pro

Too young yes. Showed well upon opening and then shut down. End of the second night it was back on form. Dark. Tannins were smooth. Definitely a hold to get something out of it.

Too young yes. Showed well upon opening and then shut down. End of the second night it was back on form. Dark. Tannins were smooth. Definitely a hold to get something out of it.

9.2

Location

  • 600 Washington St.
    New York, NY 10014

  • Hours:
    Mon-Fri. 10-8
    Sat. 11-8
    Sun. Closed

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