2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L
  • WA 93
  • WS 92
  • IWC 92
  • WE 90

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2016
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte has an intriguing bouquet with surprising mineral intensity coming through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. The oak... Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte has an intriguing bouquet with surprising mineral intensity coming through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. The oak here is beautifully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a keen line of acidity, quite structured in the mouth, but that mineralité continues right to the finish that attenuates ever such a little. This is a thoroughbred Pessac-Léognan for the vintage. Tasted January 2016. - Neal Martin
WS 92
Wine Spectator, March 2009
Gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate cappuccino and berries lead to a full body with luscious fruit and round tannins. Long and voluptuous for the vintage. Impressive. Best after 2014. 10000 cases made. -JS
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2009
Full red-ruby. Expressive nose offers plum black raspberry tobacco mocha truffle licorice and herbs. Suave fine-grained and vibrant; generous and plush yet light on its feet. Finishes very long and classy with sweet... Full red-ruby. Expressive nose offers plum black raspberry tobacco mocha truffle licorice and herbs. Suave fine-grained and vibrant; generous and plush yet light on its feet. Finishes very long and classy with sweet tannins terrific energy and palate-coating persistence and perfume. Not as fat or full as the 2005 but just a step behind that wine. 92 points
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast, March 2009
With its prominent new wood here is a wine that goes for spice caramel and high toast flavors. It has great power a wine that is currently all structure leaving the fruit to gain in richness at a later stage. R.V.
JJB 95
JJ Buckley, April 2007
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Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2006

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.