2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 375ML
  • WA 94
  • JS 94
  • NM 94
  • JJB
  • WE 93
  • WS 93
  • IWC 90
  • VN 90

Reviews for 2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
94+ The grand vin, the 2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is another great successes (and that’s saying something after the remarkable duo of 2009 and 2010 as well as the brilliant 2008). This wine exhibits a dense purple color... 94+ The grand vin, the 2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is another great successes (and that’s saying something after the remarkable duo of 2009 and 2010 as well as the brilliant 2008). This wine exhibits a dense purple color along with a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, mulberries, licorice and subtle background oak. Full-bodied with silky tannins, nicely integrated acidity, wood and alcohol, a multilayered mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts 45 seconds, this brilliant wine should drink well for 15-20 years. - Robert Parker
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2014
A wine that has a beautiful depth of fruit, with currants, minerals and dried flowers on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, with super-integrated tannins that last for minutes. This is muscular yet polished. Extremely... A wine that has a beautiful depth of fruit, with currants, minerals and dried flowers on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, with super-integrated tannins that last for minutes. This is muscular yet polished. Extremely well done for the vintage. Better in 2017.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2012
(NM92-94 points) The Smith Haut Lafitte is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new oak. The harvest (for the red) was between 15th September and finishing with the Cabernet... (NM92-94 points) The Smith Haut Lafitte is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new oak. The harvest (for the red) was between 15th September and finishing with the Cabernet Sauvignon and 30th September and it represents 39% of the crop. It has a lifted bouquet with ripe blackberry, cassis, black olive and fruits de mer with fine delineation. With continued aeration there is just a hint of violet. The palate is beautiful, very dense and concentrated with superb delineation and wonderful purity and minerality towards the finish. It is very long in the mouth. Excellent.
JJB
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2012
59% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 10% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot from 67 hectares. This is aged for 18 months in 60% new barrels. Known as the "quintessential Graves" wine Smith-Haut-Lafitte comes from... 59% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot 10% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot from 67 hectares. This is aged for 18 months in 60% new barrels. Known as the "quintessential Graves" wine Smith-Haut-Lafitte comes from one block of gravel soil and has been owned by the Cathiard family since 1990. They use horse-drawn ploughs maintain their own cooperage and use compost and plant extracts to treat the vineyards with organic methods. The color is a shiny translucent red. Perfumed aromas are dominated with mineral aromas. Soft on entry with a lovely salinity flavors of spice show up on the mid-palate ending in a tarry finish. Medium body with good texture. Tasted four times. Enjoy 2017-2030.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
(WE91-93 points) Barrel sample. This wine has density, with very dry, massive tannins. This is a wine for long-term aging; it has a solid texture, with its fruit well buried.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2014
Lush fig, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit notes are interspersed with lively anise, singed apple wood and fruitcake details. A tarry echo hangs in the background on the finish. Shows impressive depth and... Lush fig, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit notes are interspersed with lively anise, singed apple wood and fruitcake details. A tarry echo hangs in the background on the finish. Shows impressive depth and ripeness for the vintage. Best from 2015 through 2025. – JM
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2014
Ruby-red. Enticing perfume of blackberry, violet, aromatic herbs and minerals. Clean, fresh and lively on the palate, showing noteworthy precision to the savory dark berry and herb flavors. Finishes pure and moderately... Ruby-red. Enticing perfume of blackberry, violet, aromatic herbs and minerals. Clean, fresh and lively on the palate, showing noteworthy precision to the savory dark berry and herb flavors. Finishes pure and moderately long, with less oak showing than usual for this wine. Should offer early accessibility but has the stuffing to improve over the next decade. - Ian D'Agata
VN 90
Vinous - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, July 2014
Ruby-red. Enticing perfume of blackberry, violet, aromatic herbs and minerals. Clean, fresh and lively on the palate, showing noteworthy precision to the savory dark berry and herb flavors. Finishes pure and moderately... Ruby-red. Enticing perfume of blackberry, violet, aromatic herbs and minerals. Clean, fresh and lively on the palate, showing noteworthy precision to the savory dark berry and herb flavors. Finishes pure and moderately long, with less oak showing than usual for this wine. Should offer early accessibility but has the stuffing to improve over the next decade. -- Ian D'Agata