2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 6L
  • WA 98
  • NM 94
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93

Reviews for 2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
This sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored wine from Smith Haut Lafitte has a gorgeous floral nose with notes of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, and cassis that jump from the glass of this inky, very dense, yet... This sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored wine from Smith Haut Lafitte has a gorgeous floral nose with notes of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, and cassis that jump from the glass of this inky, very dense, yet strikingly pure wine. Light on its feet despite its stunning concentration and multi-layered mouthfeel, this wine has fabulous intensity, richness and length. Quite impressive, and still incredibly youthful, this is a superstar of the vintage, and capable of lasting another 25-30 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2015
The Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2005 has quite a reserved bouquet, not the usual exuberant SHL-self, but it is very well defined and focused with that killer line of graphite lending it a Pauillac-like allure. The palate... The Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2005 has quite a reserved bouquet, not the usual exuberant SHL-self, but it is very well defined and focused with that killer line of graphite lending it a Pauillac-like allure. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and poise. This is a sophisticated Pessac-Leognan with real drive and penetration, a long-term wine that is reserved now but will certainly be motoring nicely along with another 5 years in bottle.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2008
Very grapey with black licorice and mineral character. Full-bodied with hints of new wood and spices. Big and velvety. This is balanced and very silky with harmonious yet chewy tannins. This is a different style from the... Very grapey with black licorice and mineral character. Full-bodied with hints of new wood and spices. Big and velvety. This is balanced and very silky with harmonious yet chewy tannins. This is a different style from the 2003 but it's equally impressive. A wonderful young wine. Best after 2013. 8000 cases made. –JS
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2008
Good fresh red-ruby color. Reticent but pure aromas of plum mocha and tobacco. This began sweet and dense but a bit sullen then exploded with aeration to show sharply delineated flavors of plum tobacco hot stones and... Good fresh red-ruby color. Reticent but pure aromas of plum mocha and tobacco. This began sweet and dense but a bit sullen then exploded with aeration to show sharply delineated flavors of plum tobacco hot stones and smoked meat. Wonderfully fat and full wine that spreads out on the back to saturate the entire palate. This makes the '07 seem peppery and high-pitched in comparison. Very long on the aftertaste. I asked technical director Teitgen to name his favorite recent vintages in Pessac-Leognan and he listed 1998 2001 and 2005.