2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 100
  • WS 96
  • JS 96
  • IWC 94
  • WE 94
  • NM 94

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WA 100
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 black... 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!
WS 96
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 offset... 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
JS 96
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 in... 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.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
94+ 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... 94+ 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.
WE 94
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.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Smith Haut Lafitte ‘09 offered one of the comeliest bouquets in the blind flight of Pessac-Leognan wines: more restrained but showing brilliant delineation and clarity:... Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Smith Haut Lafitte ‘09 offered one of the comeliest bouquets in the blind flight of Pessac-Leognan wines: more restrained but showing brilliant delineation and clarity: undergrowth, cigar box and touches of incense infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins. This is an assertive wine determined to make an impression, with a bold multi-layered finish that suggest it will need at least a decade ageing.
JJB 96
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 vintage" the... 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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2009

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.