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2010 Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac Léognan

Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac Leognan
Rich tobacco leaf cassis fruit, superb balance of natural vineyard concentration and elegance, already showing fragrance and charm, a notable success for château Smith-Haut-Lafitte.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)

Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 17/20 98+/100 94 93 - 96/100
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac Leognan
Ch Smith Haut Lafitte 2010 Pessac-Léognan is savoury and appealing on the nose. Very fresh – admirably fresh. Very Graves and fragrant with firm minerality and very dry finish. Nothing overdone. Nicely balanced for the long term.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com 11 Apr 2011)

Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 17/20 98+/100 94 93 - 96/100
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac Leognan
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.
(98+ Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

A qualitative home run, right up there with the profound 2005 and more opulent 2009, Smith-Haut-Lafitte has turned in a remarkable performance in this vintage, but then again, so have many other chateaux. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the wine has an inky/purple color and an extraordinary nose of graphite, blackberries, cassis, licorice, smoke, and camphor.

The unbelievable skyscraper-like texture, stunning purity, and formidable intensity make for a remarkably rich, long, full-bodied wine that is classic Graves, but at the same time a staggering 2010.
(95-97 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 17/20 98+/100 94 93 - 96/100
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac Leognan
Really ripe, but with great focus, as linzer torte, blackberry, plum sauce and anise notes are woven tightly together, all carried by tar and graphite, with a long, seamless finish.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Top Scoring Bordeaux 2010 – 31 Mar 2011)



Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 17/20 98+/100 94 93 - 96/100
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac Leognan
Product:Château Smith Haut Lafitte 7729
Maturity: For laying down
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pessac-Léognan Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18/20 17/20 98+/100 94 93 - 96/100
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