2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • NM 94
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93

Reg: $170.94

$161.94

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Reg: $170.94

$161.94

This product is
out of stock

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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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2005

Label

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.