Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2016 - A.O.C Pessac-Léognan
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96.0 sur 100 based on 4 Average rating of the Experts
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Experts Reviews

98/100
Score dans le Guide Parker
Robert Parker
97/100
Score de Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
97-98/100
Score de James Suckling
James Suckling
17.5/20
Score de Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson

Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot and matured in 60% new oak for 18 months, the 2016 Smith Haut Lafitte has a very deep garnet-purple color, opening with sensuous scents of warm black cherries, blackberry pie, star anise and fragrant lilacs with hints of chocolate box, cigar box and pencil lead plus wafts of truffles and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, rich and seductive, it completely fills the palate with perfumed black berry preserves and superbly plush tannins, finishing epically long and beautifully layered.
98
points on 100
Quite ripe, with lush waves of cassis, cherry preserve and raspberry puree flavors gliding through in no hurry, but maintaining definition and cut along the way as bramble, tar and melted licorice snap notes slowly emerge throughout. The finish features an intense echo of pastis and sweet tobacco, showing serious latent grip. Best from 2023 through 2038. 8,333 cases made.
97
points on 100
Wow. This is incredibly rich and exotic. Full-bodied, so deep and long. It lasts for minutes. Perfectly polished tannins evidence how texturally focused and supple this is. Decadent and enticing. From organically grown grapes. Super quality of cabernet is on show here. We will see if 2016 is better than 2015.
97-98
points on 100
Blackish crimson. Nose that manages to combine flesh and ripeness with freshness. Some restraint here and some very natural flavours. A quiet king. Great appetising wine with the ripeness of the vintage. Very classy.
17.5
points on 20

Description


In the 14th century, Verrier du Dubosc signed the first recorded deeds for this estate including a few vines. George Smith, a Scottish wine merchant, acquired the property in the mid-18thcentury and named it after himself. Lodi Martin Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux and signer of the official 1855 classification, acquired the estate in 1842 and brought it up to Grand Cru Exceptionnel level.




Florence and Daniel Cathiard fell in love with Château Smith Haut Lafitte in 1990 and acquired it with the firm intention of perpetuating the wine’s tradition of excellence. “Our philosophy can be summed up in one sentence – to do everything possible to make each vintage of red and white wine worthy of our magnificent terroir “. After three years spent renovating the estate, the Cathiards came to live there, in the 18th century chartreuse dating from George Smith’s time, in order to devote themselves to overseeing winegrowing with the help of a talented and motivated team.

After English artist Barry Flanagan’s “Hospitality” (a humanoid hare), Italian artist Mimmo Paladino sculpted the large stylised figure of a man in black bronze that is located in the central courtyard. Pecked by dozens of birds, he welcomes visitors from around the world. A bronze “Venus” by the American artist Jim Dine surveys the vines at Smith Haut Lafitte, overlooking a terroir that is beautiful despite centuries of upheaval. A work by Huang Yong Ping, “Out of the Eater, Something to Eat” in which the jaw is a recipient, symbolises cycles and transformations.







Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Smith Haut-Lafitte
  • Type of wine
    Classified Growth
  • Appellation
    Pessac-Léognan
  • Superficy
    56 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    40 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    60% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2045
  • Wine apogee
    2034
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Pessac-Léognan is made with a vineyard that has an area of 56 hectares by Château Smith Haut-Lafitte. The average age of the vines is 40 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 60% of new barrels.

Pessac-Léognan

The AOC Pessac-Léognan is a fairly recent appellation since it dates from 1987. However, it has a very old terroir dating from the Middle Ages. Located on the southern and south-western edges of Bordeaux, the appellation includes all of the Grands Crus Classés des Graves, including the legendary Château Haut-Brion. It produces many red wines and some dry white wines (265 ha).
Composed of gravel, gravel, rolled pebbles, sands and clays, the soil allows red grape varieties (cabernet-sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec) and white grape varieties (sauvignon and semillon) have a typical expression. It is this combination that gives its peculiar style to Pessac-Léognan wines.