2001 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • WA 92
  • WS 91

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WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2004
Kudos to the Cathiard family who acquired this once under-performing estate in 1990. They have spared no expense or effort in producing wines (both red and white) that are among the finest in Bordeaux in virtually every... Kudos to the Cathiard family who acquired this once under-performing estate in 1990. They have spared no expense or effort in producing wines (both red and white) that are among the finest in Bordeaux in virtually every vintage. The 2001 red may not have as much power as the 2000 but it is very close in quality. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 34% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc it was macerated for four weeks enjoyed malolactic in barrel as well as stirring of the lees and was bottled with minimal clarification. This elegant stylish deep ruby/purple-colored effort reveals notes of smoke graphite and red as well as black fruits in its perfumed nicely evolved bouquet. With sweet flavors medium body outstanding concentration and impressive purity this finely-etched Pessac-Leognan should hit its peak in 4-5 years and drink well over the following 12-14+.
WS 91
Wine Spectator, July 2003
Ripe fruit aromas with interesting undertones of honey and caramel. Very intense. Full-bodied with a superrich palate that develops in the glass. Wonderful flavors of vanilla cream and apples with just the hint of... Ripe fruit aromas with interesting undertones of honey and caramel. Very intense. Full-bodied with a superrich palate that develops in the glass. Wonderful flavors of vanilla cream and apples with just the hint of apricots. Long. Best after 2004. 5000 cases made. –JS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2001

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The style of Smith-Haut-Lafitte red is classical, with a beautiful expression of Gunzian gravel terroir which gives it unique smoky notes. Elegant and structured, the red shows freshness, complexity, balance and richness.

The Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, harvested at full maturity and softly vinified to extract only the silkiest tannins, unveils its full potential after proper aging. The other grape varieties of the vineyard, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, add their own aromas and participate in the harmony of a great Cru Classe de Graves.

Winery

Smith-Haut-Lafitte

As early as 1365, grapes have been grown on the property now known as Smith-Haut-Lafitte. Originally owned by the noble Bosq family, the estate was purchased in the 18th century by Scotsman George Smith. Its present name was taken from Smith and the Pessac region’s gravel plateau known as Lafitte.

In 1842, Mr. Duffour-Dubergier, mayor of Bordeaux and an enthusiastic winegrower, inherited Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte from his mother and brought the wine up to great growth status. The property changed hands again in 1958 when it was purchased by the Louis Eschenauer Company. After the Eschenaueur period came to an end, a great deal of money has been invested in the estate, particularly on the construction of a superb underground cellar holding over 1,000 barrels.

In 1990, Daniel Cathiard fell in love with the property and joined the list of prestigious owners, firmly intending to further enhance Smith-Haut-Lafitte's tradition of excellence. He combined the most modern winemaking techniques with age-old artisanal methods, including organic compost, small wooden vats, and lees-aging. Famous around the world for its wonderfully elegant red wine and the sophisticated bouquet of its white wine, Smith-Haut-Lafitte undoubtedly deserves the special care that is lavished on it.