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2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • RP 100
  • WS 96
  • JS 96
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  • NM 94
  • WE 94
  • IWC 94

Reviews for 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

RP 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
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... 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!
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This is really loaded with crushed plum blueberry cassis fig and blackberry paste flavors all melded together along with notes of tar pastis and violet. Very long and dark but polished and pure with terrific fruit offset... This is really loaded with crushed plum blueberry cassis fig and blackberry paste flavors all melded together along with notes of tar pastis and violet. Very long and dark but polished and pure with terrific fruit offset by a great tug of earth on the finish. Should cruise easily in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2035. -JM
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Aromas of flowers dried citrus fruit and blueberries follow through to a full body with firm and silky tannins and a long long finish. Gorgeous fruit and structure. Polished and powerful. Best red ever from Smith. Best in... Aromas of flowers dried citrus fruit and blueberries follow through to a full body with firm and silky tannins and a long long finish. Gorgeous fruit and structure. Polished and powerful. Best red ever from Smith. Best in 2018.
CG
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, January 2012
A blend of 64% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 5% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot and aged in 60% new French oak the 2009 Smith Haut-Lafitte is an ultra-concentrated blockbuster wine. In a "cabernet vintage"... A blend of 64% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 5% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot and aged in 60% new French oak the 2009 Smith Haut-Lafitte is an ultra-concentrated blockbuster wine. In a "cabernet vintage" the Cathiards have used what to my knowledge is the most cabernet sauvignon ever in this cuvee and it has paid off big time. Dark purple/red barely translucent the 2009 has a densely packed nose that reveals aromas of carob cassis licorice dried tea cooling blue fruits gravel sea air raspberries and chocolate that leads to an ultra concentrated mouthfeel. This is almost port-like and should age forever. Jam packed with cabernet flavor Bordeaux enthusiasts along with New World cabernet fans will flip for this. Make some room in the cellar and forget about this one for a decade and enjoy through 2045.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Smith Haut Lafitte ‘09 offered one of the comeliest bouquets in the blind flight of Pessac-Leognan wines: more restrained but showing brilliant delineation and clarity:... Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Smith Haut Lafitte ‘09 offered one of the comeliest bouquets in the blind flight of Pessac-Leognan wines: more restrained but showing brilliant delineation and clarity: undergrowth, cigar box and touches of incense infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins. This is an assertive wine determined to make an impression, with a bold multi-layered finish that suggest it will need at least a decade ageing.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2012
Very dense and firm this has powerful tannins as well as a blackberry jam flavor. The wine is complex full of both dark tannins and the richest fruits layered with notes of herb spice and a concentrated structure.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
94+ Good bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of blueberry flowers graphite and charred nutty oak plus a sexy suggestion of floral white fruit. Like liquid silk on entry then concentrated and lush in the middle with red... 94+ Good bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of blueberry flowers graphite and charred nutty oak plus a sexy suggestion of floral white fruit. Like liquid silk on entry then concentrated and lush in the middle with red plum tobacco and mineral flavors given definition by lovely harmonious acidity. Utterly seamless wine with suave tannins. Voluminous and intense but not a powerhouse. Finishing flavors mount slowly and stain the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Conveys a beautiful impression of site and vintage. The most complete young Smith Haut Laffite I've yet tasted at this early stage; perhaps my score will ultimately prove to be conservative.