Château-Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2010 - The Grape Tray

Château-Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2010

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Château-Smith-Haut-Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2010
$166.95

SKU 3788

750ml

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Winemaker Notes :

2010 Smith Haut Lafitte rouge is a deep, concentrated, nearly black color. The bouquet displays a range of red and black fruit aromas, as well as ones reminiscent of spice and warm herbs. With aeration, the wine reveals magnificent black fruit, licorice, clove, and graphite nuances.

The wine starts out firm and straightforward on the palate. It is huge, but in no way austere. Its power comes through in a full-bodied flavor profile with a long aftertaste. The tannin is rich and silky, and the texture is well-defined thanks to ripe tannin and a careful control during extraction. The wine has an extremely well-focused structure and taste. The long aftertaste of licorice, red fruit, and black fruit also features more subtle underlying flavors of hot stones and warm earth.
This 2010 Smith Haut Lafitte rouge is undoubtedly one of the finest wines the estate has ever made.

Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan
Brand Château-Smith-Haut-Lafitte
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Wine AdvocateThis 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.

Robert Parker, February 2013
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DecanterThe opportunity to taste what many regard as this estate's two greatest red wine vintages more than lived up to expectations. The 2010 is fresh, firm and beautifully rendered with a tight coil of tannin which will support and carry this wine for decades. Still nowhere near its peak, this has classic, sweetly defined cassis and redcurrant fruit with a delicious undertow of cedary tobacco and minerality. The finish is supremely savoury and extremely long. Drinking Window 2018-2045.

November 2016
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Wine EnthusiastA beautifully ripe wine with great black fruits that burst through the classic tannins. In its richness and in its structure, it combines the best of the vintage. Dark, complex, fruity and very rich, a magnificent wine for long-term aging.

Roger Voss, May 1, 2013
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Wine SpectatorGorgeous, with alluring black tea and warm ganache notes that unfurl slowly, while the core of intense steeped plum, anise, blackberry compote and black currant confiture sits patiently in reserve. The beautiful loam-, tobacco- and tar-filled finish displays major heft, but also remarkable polish and grace. Should age very slowly. Best from 2018 through 2035.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2013
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James SucklingAromas of blueberries, blackberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Lots of mushroom and fruit undertones. Very polished. Such finesse yet structure to this young wine.

November 2013