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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2009

Your Price: $265.00
Optimum drinking: 2020-2050
Rating: 100 - Robert Parker
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 54%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Franc 13%
Winemaker: Daniel Cathiard
Appellation: A.O.C. Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
Bottle report: Excellent condition overall

Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2009 is an amazing wine from a great Bordeaux vintage - rated a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker. It is also, in Bordeaux terms, a relative bargain. It is drinking well now, but will handsomely repay patience in the cellar.

Smith Haut Lafitte has gone from nigh on the bottom of the class to the very top in a matter of a decade. It offers scintillating quality and fantastic value-for-money from a left bank château, and its wines (and owners) are some of the most charming in all Bordeaux.

Smith Haut Lafitte is owned by the amiable ex-Olympic skier Daniel Cathiard and his wife Florence, who have transformed the property and the quality of the wines beyond recognition since 1990. Smith Haut Lafitte is not classified as organic, but its practices are very much in the natural vein. They make their own organic compost and oak barrels.

“The finest wine ever made by proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, the 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte exhibits an opaque blue/purple color in addition to a glorious nose of acacia flowers, licorice, charcoal, blueberries, black raspberries, lead pencil shavings and incense. This massive, extraordinarily rich, unctuously textured wine may be the most concentrated effort produced to date, although the 2000, 2005 and 2010 are nearly as prodigious. A gorgeous expression of Pessac-Leognan with sweet tannin, emerging charm and delicacy, and considerable power, depth, richness and authority, it should age effortlessly for 30-40+ years. Bravo! ...One can’t say enough about this winery, which may still fly under the radar of most consumers.” Robert Parker

Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2009 - Golden West Wines