Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

$299

One can't say enough about what proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard have accomplished at this estate since 1990...They have fashioned one of the most consistently outstanding wines, both white and red, over the last two decades, and their 2009 probably eclipses any previous performance. An opaque purple color is followed by an explosive nose of graphite, black currants, licorice, incense, and a hint of black tea. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary density, unctuosity, and richness, yet it never comes across as heavy or overbearing. Deep and full-bodied with sensational concentration as well as remarkable purity and precision, this brilliant wine possesses the high, but sweet tannins that are a hallmark of the vintage, and exceptional delicacy allied to massive power and richness...a rare combination indeed. This prodigious effort should drink well for 30-40 years. Bravo! Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Mike R Delectable Pro

Not really competitive to others opened but I had some friend of ours kept saying open a French wine so I did to get to shut up

Not really competitive to others opened but I had some friend of ours kept saying open a French wine so I did to get to shut up

9.1

Gilles de Chambure Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier & Educator

red graves 100 pts parker... great value an estate never looking for points first introduced horse ploughing sgain to their bio dynamic vineyards 15 years blend 60 cab 35 merlot 5 cf 1 pv

red graves 100 pts parker... great value an estate never looking for points first introduced horse ploughing sgain to their bio dynamic vineyards 15 years blend 60 cab 35 merlot 5 cf 1 pv

9.3

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

2009 Claret tasting last night with tasting group, blind. Group's favorite. Ink, peppermint note, black cherry aromas. Broad in the mouth, nice feel. Earth. No fruit in the flavors. Grippy tannins.

2009 Claret tasting last night with tasting group, blind. Group's favorite. Ink, peppermint note, black cherry aromas. Broad in the mouth, nice feel. Earth. No fruit in the flavors. Grippy tannins.

9.0

Scott Bronstein Delectable Pro

Wish I could try this in 20 years. I'll start saving now.

Wish I could try this in 20 years. I'll start saving now.

9.8

Tor Kenward Delectable Pro

Very persistent finish. On palate forever. Slight bitterness

Very persistent finish. On palate forever. Slight bitterness

9.7

Gilles de Chambure Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier & Educator

red graves 100 pts parker... great value an estate never looking for points first introduced horse ploughing sgain to their bio dynamic vineyards 15 years blend 60 cab 35 merlot 5 cf 1 pv

red graves 100 pts parker... great value an estate never looking for points first introduced horse ploughing sgain to their bio dynamic vineyards 15 years blend 60 cab 35 merlot 5 cf 1 pv

9.3

Andrew Lampasone Delectable Pro

Owner Wine Watch Selections

2009 veryaromatic toasty oak spice toffee coffee currant and cassis already very showy . Very rich and ripe on the tonge with ripe round tannins very balanced and complex finish 50+ killer 2010 dark berry fruit currants and cassis coffee and fresh earth very complex big and chewy with a bit of a musty earthy laity note but lots of everything else to match firm acidity and lots of spice finish50+ most excellent

2009 veryaromatic toasty oak spice toffee coffee currant and cassis already very showy . Very rich and ripe on the tonge with ripe round tannins very balanced and complex finish 50+ killer 2010 dark berry fruit currants and cassis coffee and fresh earth very complex big and chewy with a bit of a musty earthy laity note but lots of everything else to match firm acidity and lots of spice finish50+ most excellent

9.8

Scott Kahn

A wine that is absolutely showing at its prime, with soft and integrated tannins coupled with charcoal and some forest floor. This wine should be good in the cellar for another 5-10 years if you can resist the temptation.

A wine that is absolutely showing at its prime, with soft and integrated tannins coupled with charcoal and some forest floor. This wine should be good in the cellar for another 5-10 years if you can resist the temptation.

9.3

Allan Sapp

Classic Bordeaux. Simple, strong structure. Ready to drink.

Classic Bordeaux. Simple, strong structure. Ready to drink.

9.2

Sylvain Rhainds

2009! Fait pour la longue garde!

2009! Fait pour la longue garde!

9.2

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