2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 3L
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WA 95 TWI 95 JS 94 JA 94 JL 94 VN 94 WE 94 WS 94
WA 95

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...
TWI 95

The Wine Independent, February 2023

The 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge is medium to deep garnet-purple colored. It sashays out with flamboyant scents of boysenberries, blackberry preserves, and redcurrant jelly, plus hints of cardamom, cigar box, and...
JS 94

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...
JA 94

janeanson.com, March 2022

At this point Smith Haut-Lafittte was leaping up in renown after their excellent 2009 and 2010 vintages, and they deliver here glamour and poise and depth of expression - particularly impressive in a vintage where that...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2015

Medium/full bodied, with an earthy, truffle, smoky, espresso, blackberry, plum and dark cherry filled nose. Soft, plush and polished, the ripe, sweet fruits linger on your palate. Read more...
VN 94

Vinous, September 2022

The 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte has an intense, well-defined and quite complex bouquet with blackberry, briary and cigar humidor scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, cohesive and poised with...
WE 94

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...
WS 94

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...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2012
Size 3L

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.

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.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend. Hailing from the prestigious Bordeaux region in France, this wine is a true testament to the craft and artistry of winemaking. With its deep ruby red color, it immediately captivates the senses, promising a sensory journey like no other.

On the nose, the 2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte offers an enchanting bouquet of ripe red fruits, such as cherries and raspberries, intertwined with subtle hints of blackcurrants and tobacco. As you take your first sip, the wine unfolds on the palate with layers of complexity. The Bordeaux Blend varietal showcases its harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. This unique composition creates a symphony of flavors, with each grape contributing its own distinct characteristics.

The 2012 vintage demonstrates remarkable finesse and balance. The tannins are velvety and well-integrated, providing structure and elegance to the wine. The medium to full-bodied nature of this red wine ensures a persistent and lingering finish that tantalizes the taste buds.

Smith-Haut-Lafitte, the esteemed producer behind this masterpiece, has a long-standing reputation for crafting exceptional wines. Their commitment to quality and tradition shines through in every glass of this Bordeaux gem.

Pair this 2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend with hearty dishes such as braised lamb or beef bourguignon to fully appreciate its depth and complexity. Decanting the wine for an hour prior to serving will enhance its aromas and flavors, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the sensory experience.

In conclusion, the 2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend is a wine that transcends time and place. It is a testament to the exceptional winemaking heritage of Bordeaux and a testament to the skilled hands that crafted it. So sit back, savor every sip, and let this wine transport you to the vineyards of Pessac Leognan in the heart of France.