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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2004

Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
  • RP93
  • WE93
  • W&S91
  • WS90
  • ST90
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Winemaker Notes

The Merlot were intensely colored and concentrated, with good structure and volume. The bouquet features fresh, ripe fruit (raspberries, cherries, blackberries), with spicy, licorice overtones. The Cabernet Sauvignon express all their aromatic freshness in a powerful, rich structure, redolent of fresh red-berry fruit, with floral and flinty overtones. And finally, the Cabernet Franc is concentrated yet lively, featuring red-berry fruit with hints of spice.The Smith Haut Lafitte red 2004 blend is based on a majority of Cabernet wines, and shows promise of being a great wine: concentrated and powerful, with good backbone, a lovely, silky texture, and a fresh, complex bouquet of ripe red-berry fruit, with spicy, licorice, violet, and flint overtones. 2004 is truly a successful vintage for good grape-growers.

Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

A sensational effort and one of the stars of the vintage, Smith-Haut-Lafitte's 2004 possesses an inky/blue/purple-tinged color as well as a sumptuous nose of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberries, and blackberries. Surprisingly full-bodied for the vintage with stunning concentration, purity, and overall harmony, this is another brilliant wine from the proprietors, the Cathiards, who have done such a spectacular job at this estate since the early 1990s. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

The Cathiards have scored with their 2004. It is rich and dense, but keeps a fine sense of structure. While the tannins are dusty, almost sweet, they keep good balance with the elegant fruit and the enticing acidity.

W&S 91
Wine & Spirits

Oak dominates the wine for now, with luscious red- and black-currant fruit a whisper underneath. The juiciness of that fruit grows rounder and more substantial with air as the wine evolves toward elegance. Modern and supple, this should be at its best six to eight years from the vintage.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Lots of blackberry, spice and tobacco on the nose, with hints of cigar box. Full-bodied, with soft, round tannins and a dark chocolate and fruit aftertaste. Balanced and caressing. Best after 2009.

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

Deep red. Roasted red fruits, smoked meat, tobacco and a note of truffle on the expressive nose. Sweet and rather primary, with classic Pessac-Leognan flavors of iron, woodsmoke, hot stones and tobacco. Broad and smooth for the year, if not quite as dense as the young 2006. Finishes with lovely ripe tannins and lingering sweetness. This will offer early pleasure.

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Château Smith Haut Lafitte, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau 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.

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