2008 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JS 93
  • WE 93
  • WA 92
  • WS 91
  • IWC 91

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JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2010
What a nose here. Dark chocolate raspberries blueberries and mineral aromas. Full bodied with ultra-polished tannins and a long long finish. Wonderfully structured. Classy. Try it after 2014.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
An elegant wine smooth and rounded bringing out smoky fruits over tannins that smooth out as the fruit unfolds. Less opulent than some previous vintages the wine shows restraint and aging potential. - R.V.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
One of the stars of the vintage this elegant smoky wine has hints of barbecue pit intermixed with sweet black currants and cherries. Dark purple and medium to full-bodied its impressive finesse and wonderful purity make... One of the stars of the vintage this elegant smoky wine has hints of barbecue pit intermixed with sweet black currants and cherries. Dark purple and medium to full-bodied its impressive finesse and wonderful purity make for a surprisingly forward style of Smith-Haut-Lafitte to drink over the next 15 or so years.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
This expressive red shows intensity with grace balancing pure black cherry mineral and tobacco flavors with toasty oak and fresh acidity. The tannins are firm but ripe fading to a floral smoky finish. Drink now through... This expressive red shows intensity with grace balancing pure black cherry mineral and tobacco flavors with toasty oak and fresh acidity. The tannins are firm but ripe fading to a floral smoky finish. Drink now through 2018. -TM
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Good medium ruby. Black cherry dark berries and licorice on the nose. Sweet but firm with excellent concentration and medicinal reserve to the dark berry flavors. An elegant ripe smooth wine with a lovely mounting... Good medium ruby. Black cherry dark berries and licorice on the nose. Sweet but firm with excellent concentration and medicinal reserve to the dark berry flavors. An elegant ripe smooth wine with a lovely mounting finish featuring suave tannins. No rough edges or austerity here--in fact this is downright creamy in the mid-palate--but this has plenty of structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. 91+
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2008

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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.