Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in 2010 was ideal for picking the grapes in their optimum ripeness, aged for 18 months on the lees in 65% new barrels. This was made from 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
Robert Parker : 98+
Bettane & Desseauve: 18
Wine Spectator : 96
James Suckling : 95
Neal Martin : 95
Jeff Leve : 98
René Gabriel : 19
Revue du Vin de France : 17.5-18.5
Vinifera : 94-96
Vines have been growing here since 1365 in the domain of the aristocratic Bosq family. Scotsman George Smith bought the property in the 18th century, giving the estate its name, building the manor house and exporting his wine to England. In 1842 Mr. Duffour-Dubergier, winemaker and then Mayor of Bordeaux, inherited the estate and established it as a great growth wine estate. In 1990, Daniel Cathiard became the current owner of the property and continues the legacy of producing excellent wine by combining modern techniques with traditional ones.
This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.
Very dark blackish crimson. Deep purple right out to the rim. Great energy and savour – a more energetic, appetising wine than the 2009. Excellent palate attack and nerve. Rich start and then very fine tannins. Still embryonic. But a lovely undertow.
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