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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  1996
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1996
(search item no. 120512)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2000 Decanter rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 James Suckling rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A powerful, well-structured, and rich wine, reflecting all the elegance of the terroir.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Château Smith Haut Lafitte:

  • 2011 (search item no. 129249)

About Château Smith Haut Lafitte:

Thanks to its 55 hectares of superb gravelly vineyards, Smith Haut Lafitte is often referred to as the "archetypical Graves." The estate's history goes back to the Crusades, and a Scottish navigator, George Smith, who became the owner of the estate in the 18th century. He was followed by M. Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux, and then Louis Eschenauer, a famous wine shipper.

In 1990, Daniel and Florence Cathiard also fell under the spell of this beautiful estate. Since then, they have restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century manor house, built two underground cellars, went back to traditional vine growing methods without chemical herbicides and set up their own cooperage. The perfect elegance, excellent balance and fine structure of Smith Haut Lafitte's red and white wines are the ultimate reflection of the current owners' total commitment to quality.