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2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA100
  • WS96
  • JS96
  • WE94
  • ST94
  • JR
  • CG

Reviews

WA100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
The finest wine ever made by proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, the 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte exhibits an opaque blue/purple color in addition to a glorious nose of acacia flowers, licorice, charcoal, blueberries... The finest wine ever made by proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, the 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte exhibits an opaque blue/purple color in addition to a glorious nose of acacia flowers, licorice, charcoal, blueberries, black raspberries, lead pencil shavings and incense. This massive, extraordinarily rich, unctuously textured wine may be the most concentrated effort produced to date, although the 2000, 2005 and 2010 are nearly as prodigious. A gorgeous expression of Pessac-Leognan with sweet tannin, emerging charm and delicacy, and considerable power, depth, richness and authority, it should age effortlessly for 30-40+ years. Bravo!
WS96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This is really loaded, with crushed plum, blueberry, cassis, fig and blackberry paste flavors all melded together, along with notes of tar, pastis and violet. Very long and dark, but polished and pure, with terrific fruit... This is really loaded, with crushed plum, blueberry, cassis, fig and blackberry paste flavors all melded together, along with notes of tar, pastis and violet. Very long and dark, but polished and pure, with terrific fruit offset by a great tug of earth on the finish. Should cruise easily in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2035. -JM
JS96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Aromas of flowers, dried citrus fruit and blueberries follow through to a full body, with firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Gorgeous fruit and structure. Polished and powerful. Best red ever from Smith. Best... Aromas of flowers, dried citrus fruit and blueberries follow through to a full body, with firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Gorgeous fruit and structure. Polished and powerful. Best red ever from Smith. Best in 2018.
WE94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2012
Very dense and firm, this has powerful tannins as well as a blackberry jam flavor. The wine is complex, full of both dark tannins and the richest fruits, layered with notes of herb, spice and a concentrated structure.
ST94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Good bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of blueberry, flowers, graphite and charred, nutty oak, plus a sexy suggestion of floral white fruit. Like liquid silk on entry, then concentrated and lush in the middle, with red... Good bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of blueberry, flowers, graphite and charred, nutty oak, plus a sexy suggestion of floral white fruit. Like liquid silk on entry, then concentrated and lush in the middle, with red plum, tobacco and mineral flavors given definition by lovely harmonious acidity. Utterly seamless wine with suave tannins. Voluminous and intense but not a powerhouse. Finishing flavors mount slowly and stain the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Conveys a beautiful impression of site and vintage. The most complete young Smith Haut Laffite I've yet tasted at this early stage; perhaps my score will ultimately prove to be conservative.
JR
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson, March 2012
Dark and lustrous. Intense with aromatic tea-leaf aromas. Very rich indeed. Lots of ripe fruit inside the frame. Lots of tannin. Dusty end but massively ripe on the finish. 18/20
CG
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, January 2012
A blend of 64% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, and 1% petit verdot and aged in 60% new French oak, the 2009 Smith Haut-Lafitte is an ultra-concentrated blockbuster wine. In a "cabernet... A blend of 64% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, and 1% petit verdot and aged in 60% new French oak, the 2009 Smith Haut-Lafitte is an ultra-concentrated blockbuster wine. In a "cabernet vintage," the Cathiards have used what to my knowledge is the most cabernet sauvignon ever in this cuvee and it has paid off, big time. Dark purple/red, barely translucent, the 2009 has a densely packed nose that reveals aromas of carob, cassis, licorice, dried tea, cooling blue fruits, gravel, sea air, raspberries, and chocolate that leads to an ultra concentrated mouthfeel. This is almost port-like, and should age forever. Jam packed with cabernet flavor, Bordeaux enthusiasts along with New World cabernet fans will flip for this. Make some room in the cellar and forget about this one for a decade, and enjoy through 2045.

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