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2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 6L
  • RP98
  • CG97
  • WE96
  • WS96
  • NMWJ95
  • JS95
  • JL95
  • IWC94
  • ST94
  • JR93

Reviews

RP98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
98+ This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has... 98+ This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7. - Robert Parker
CG97
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2011
64% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 5% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Aged for 18 months in 60% new barrels. Known as the `quintessential Graves' wine Smith-Haut-Lafitte comes from one block of gravel terroir and... 64% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 5% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Aged for 18 months in 60% new barrels. Known as the `quintessential Graves' wine Smith-Haut-Lafitte comes from one block of gravel terroir and has been owned by the Cathiard family since 1990. They use horse-drawn ploughing have their own cooperage and even use compost and plant extracts to treat the vineyards organically. Late harvest began on Oct 5 and yields were down about 20%. Visually it's a sparkling jewel. With a gorgeous lilting nose of blue fruit with spice and vanilla bean it is rich supple and pure on the palate. It finishes very long with ample integrated tannins that start to turn a bit velvety you could almost drink this now it's just that good. Tasted three times with consistent notes. Stephane Derenoncourt consults.
WE96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
A beautifully ripe wine with great black fruits that burst through the classic tannins. In its richness and in its structure, it combines the best of the vintage. Dark, complex, fruity and very rich, a magnificent wine... A beautifully ripe wine with great black fruits that burst through the classic tannins. In its richness and in its structure, it combines the best of the vintage. Dark, complex, fruity and very rich, a magnificent wine for long-term aging.
WS96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2013
Gorgeous, with alluring black tea and warm ganache notes that unfurl slowly, while the core of intense steeped plum, anise, blackberry compote and black currant confiture sits patiently in reserve. The beautiful loam-... Gorgeous, with alluring black tea and warm ganache notes that unfurl slowly, while the core of intense steeped plum, anise, blackberry compote and black currant confiture sits patiently in reserve. The beautiful loam-, tobacco- and tar-filled finish displays major heft, but also remarkable polish and grace. Should age very slowly. Best from 2018 through 2035. –JM
NMWJ95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2014
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. Upon initial pouring, the Smith Haut Lafitte 2010 appears a little unsettled, perhaps just getting used to its surroundings. However, it rapidly gains harmony and... Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. Upon initial pouring, the Smith Haut Lafitte 2010 appears a little unsettled, perhaps just getting used to its surroundings. However, it rapidly gains harmony and clarity, developing seductive scents of luscious raspberry and wild strawberry, hints of incense and dried violets, the new oak still a little conspicuous and needing further bottle age to fully integrated. The palate is rounded and pleasurable from the start: fine acidity, gentle tannins, quite caressing on the finish. This is a consummate Smith Haut-Lafitte that will repay long-term ageing.
JS95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 2013
Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Lots of mushroom and fruit undertones. Very polished. Such finesse yet structure to this young wine... Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Lots of mushroom and fruit undertones. Very polished. Such finesse yet structure to this young wine. Better in 2017.
JL95
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
64% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot formed the assemblage. Deeply colored and filled with smoke cassis jam and licorice coated dark berry aromas this rich juicy... 64% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot formed the assemblage. Deeply colored and filled with smoke cassis jam and licorice coated dark berry aromas this rich juicy concentrated wine ends with a long opulent fat sweet jammy black fruit and vanilla finish.
IWC94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2013
Full ruby-red. Very ripe yet precise nose offers blueberry, black raspberry, violet, spices and sexy dried herbs; still a bit youthfully medicinal but already showing a lot of personality. Rich, pliant and hugely deep... Full ruby-red. Very ripe yet precise nose offers blueberry, black raspberry, violet, spices and sexy dried herbs; still a bit youthfully medicinal but already showing a lot of personality. Rich, pliant and hugely deep, with near-chocolatey ripeness to the highly concentrated dark berry, tobacco and spice flavors. This wonderfully broad, seamless, layered wine dusts the palate with ripe tannins and leaves the mouth perfumed. Built for a long life in bottle but balanced from day one: it's more bound-up today than the silkier and more voluptuous 2009 but I would not be surprised if this one eventually surpassed its younger sibling. 94+
ST94
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni Vinous, July 2013
94+ Full ruby-red. Very ripe yet precise nose offers blueberry, black raspberry, violet, spices and sexy dried herbs; still a bit youthfully medicinal but already showing a lot of personality. Rich, pliant and hugely... 94+ Full ruby-red. Very ripe yet precise nose offers blueberry, black raspberry, violet, spices and sexy dried herbs; still a bit youthfully medicinal but already showing a lot of personality. Rich, pliant and hugely deep, with near-chocolatey ripeness to the highly concentrated dark berry, tobacco and spice flavors. This wonderfully broad, seamless, layered wine dusts the palate with ripe tannins and leaves the mouth perfumed. Built for a long life in bottle but balanced from day one: it's more bound-up today than the silkier and more voluptuous 2009 but I would not be surprised if this one eventually surpassed its younger sibling.
JR93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, January 2014
Notably dark, dense crimson. Fragrant. Really very impressive. Lots of richness but not sweetness. Layers of exciting flavour. Subtle. Great stuff. 18/20