Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2000Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2000
9 out of 10 based on 39 user ratings.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

9.039 ratings on Delectable
$129

One can't say enough about this winery, which may still fly under the radar of most consumers. The fully mature 2000 displays gorgeous aromas of camphor, lead pencil shavings, unsmoked tobacco, plums, and black currants. With full body, a velvety texture, and beautiful weight, richness, and length, this superb wine should evolve, possibly improve for another 15 years. It's a beauty! Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Jeffrey Davies Delectable Pro

Surprisingly deep and still nearly purple colt; complex aromas remind me of cigar box and black berry fruits; still young and buoyant on the palate with vibrant fruit and fully integrated tannins. Delicious!

Surprisingly deep and still nearly purple colt; complex aromas remind me of cigar box and black berry fruits; still young and buoyant on the palate with vibrant fruit and fully integrated tannins. Delicious!

9.5

Richard Schnitzlein Delectable Pro

Charcoal, green pepper, cedar shavings, pepper spice, and red currents. Textbook aromas, and flavors. More tart than one might expect from this vintage.

Charcoal, green pepper, cedar shavings, pepper spice, and red currents. Textbook aromas, and flavors. More tart than one might expect from this vintage.

9.0

Cory Wagner Delectable Pro

Not great but solid. Pencil lead, mushrooms, earth, with a nice dark fruit streak behind it all.

Not great but solid. Pencil lead, mushrooms, earth, with a nice dark fruit streak behind it all.

9.0

Jeff Boyer Delectable Pro

It was the blanc and amazing!!

It was the blanc and amazing!!

10

Kenneth Korsbæk Delectable Pro

Freshnes has fine a long time ago, pale yellow color

Freshnes has fine a long time ago, pale yellow color

8.2

Keith Levenberg

This is showing very impressively, all the more so considering the very unimpressive 2001 I had recently after loving both vintages on release. It is in the heavyweight class no doubt and has only budged a little bit since release, with the structure more assertive and some of the baby fat gone and showing its bones. Visually it still has the deep, dark inky color of a wine barely past release so I was actually surprised not to find it more obviously fruit-gobbed on the palate. It's a packed and stacked wine to be sure, but the stuffing isn't about fruit so much as tarry Graves asphalt and gravel. The fruit it does show is red-complexioned, which is surprising since these are all blueberry and blackberry on release. Time in the decanter fills in a lot of the empty spaces and makes it positively voluptuous - still with a thick coat of tannin but soft and refined in texture. Not quite cashmere but not rough either. This is vastly richer, denser, and fresher than the 2001 was. It is at a point where it's probably fair to put to rest any doubts about ageability - it's stuffed but in proportion and fresh without being primary. But this and the 2001 were also the last SHLs I enjoyed on release - by 2005 the style seemed to have gone over the top. If the 2005 tastes like this in 5 years I'll have to eat some crow. That said, there's no doubt this is sort of a slutty style of Graves, not a wine for those looking for elegance or subtlety, although if it can keep developing at this rate the old "tour de force" cliche may actually fit just fine.

This is showing very impressively, all the more so considering the very unimpressive 2001 I had recently after loving both vintages on release. It is in the heavyweight class no doubt and has only budged a little bit since release, with the structure more assertive and some of the baby fat gone and showing its bones. Visually it still has the deep, dark inky color of a wine barely past release so I was actually surprised not to find it more obviously fruit-gobbed on the palate. It's a packed and stacked wine to be sure, but the stuffing isn't about fruit so much as tarry Graves asphalt and gravel. The fruit it does show is red-complexioned, which is surprising since these are all blueberry and blackberry on release. Time in the decanter fills in a lot of the empty spaces and makes it positively voluptuous - still with a thick coat of tannin but soft and refined in texture. Not quite cashmere but not rough either. This is vastly richer, denser, and fresher than the 2001 was. It is at a point where it's probably fair to put to rest any doubts about ageability - it's stuffed but in proportion and fresh without being primary. But this and the 2001 were also the last SHLs I enjoyed on release - by 2005 the style seemed to have gone over the top. If the 2005 tastes like this in 5 years I'll have to eat some crow. That said, there's no doubt this is sort of a slutty style of Graves, not a wine for those looking for elegance or subtlety, although if it can keep developing at this rate the old "tour de force" cliche may actually fit just fine.

9.4

Vijay Parikh

Three housing the decanter. Could use another 30 to sixty minutes. Classic Graves with tar, tobacco, cigar ash and black fruits with a long cadence. Really excellent value based on purchase price

Three housing the decanter. Could use another 30 to sixty minutes. Classic Graves with tar, tobacco, cigar ash and black fruits with a long cadence. Really excellent value based on purchase price

8.8

Patrick Tse

The 2000 vintage was even better than the 1998.

The 2000 vintage was even better than the 1998.

9.7

Jason Cozy

Bummer it was spoiled

Bummer it was spoiled

6.5

Tim Terry

Yes!

Yes!

8.8