2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 95
  • AG 95
  • WS 94
  • JS 94
  • WE 94
  • NM 94
  • IWC 92
  • CG 91

Reviews for 2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015
The opaque bluish-purple 2012 Smith Haut Lafite offers up notes of licorice, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunningly ripe, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is... The opaque bluish-purple 2012 Smith Haut Lafite offers up notes of licorice, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunningly ripe, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is another sensational effort from the Cathiards that is perfectly balanced, complex, super-rich and pure. Drink it over the next 20-25 years. - Robert Parker
AG 95
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2016
A dark, sensual wine, the 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte boasts marvelous depth and textural richness. Dark red stone fruits, leather, smoke, tobacco, gravel and herbs are laced together in an expansive wine endowed with... A dark, sensual wine, the 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte boasts marvelous depth and textural richness. Dark red stone fruits, leather, smoke, tobacco, gravel and herbs are laced together in an expansive wine endowed with terrific purity. The tannins are going to need at least a few years to soften, but there is clearly quite a bit to look forward to.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2015
The layered fig, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit notes are buttressed by ample, yet polished and integrated, ganache- coated tannins, while accents of black tea, ganache and tar course underneath. A really... The layered fig, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit notes are buttressed by ample, yet polished and integrated, ganache- coated tannins, while accents of black tea, ganache and tar course underneath. A really gorgeous display of fruit, showing terroir and cut on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2027. — J.M.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2015
This is very deep and sensual for the vintage with blackberry, tobacco, chocolate, coffee and spice character. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Superb for the vintage. Give it three or four... This is very deep and sensual for the vintage with blackberry, tobacco, chocolate, coffee and spice character. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Superb for the vintage. Give it three or four years to come around but already gorgeous.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2015
This dark and dense wine is closed, with its tannins very dominant. It’s a solid, dark wine intense with juicy acidity, firm dry structure and a rich core. This is a magnificent wine for serious aging, with all the... This dark and dense wine is closed, with its tannins very dominant. It’s a solid, dark wine intense with juicy acidity, firm dry structure and a rich core. This is a magnificent wine for serious aging, with all the elements coming strongly into play. Drink from 2022.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
(NM92-94 points) Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The 2012 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that is being raised in 60% new barrels. It has a intense... (NM92-94 points) Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The 2012 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that is being raised in 60% new barrels. It has a intense bouquet, very lifted with the Merlot lending it a very floral aspect. Touches of creme de cassis develop with time. The palate is very well balanced with a smooth texture although you can feel the tannins exert their influence on the structured, much more Left Bank style finish that leaves a tertiary/tobacco aftertaste. This might be a long-term SHL.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2013
(IWC90-92 points) Purple-ruby. Enticing aromas of blackcurrant, tobacco, violet and herbs. Creamy-sweet and rather powerful on entry, then brighter in the mid-palate, with lively acidity energizing dark fruit, floral and... (IWC90-92 points) Purple-ruby. Enticing aromas of blackcurrant, tobacco, violet and herbs. Creamy-sweet and rather powerful on entry, then brighter in the mid-palate, with lively acidity energizing dark fruit, floral and tobacco flavors. This is densely packed for a 2012, but also has a degree of finesse I haven't found in some past, bigger vintages of this wine. Finishes with building, smooth tannins and terrific persistence. A very strong vintage for this wine; this is yet another example of an estate that lowered the proportion of cabernet sauvignon in its 2012 blend (normally it's 60% to 65%). - Ian D'Agata
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, June 2015
Impressively extracted and generously decked out with optimally ripened, blackcurrant fruit fixed in its sights every step of the way, this full-bodied working has richness to spare and builds in intensity as it... Impressively extracted and generously decked out with optimally ripened, blackcurrant fruit fixed in its sights every step of the way, this full-bodied working has richness to spare and builds in intensity as it crosses the palate. It has plenty of tannin in place to guarantee keeping and the fruit to make sure that any wait is worthwhile, but, as is the case with its mates from Pape Clément and Malartic-Lagravière, it is so plush and generously filled that cellaring for the half-decade it deserves will test those short on patience.