2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Le Petit Haut Lafitte
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Le Petit Haut Lafitte
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  • WE 95
  • DC 93
  • WA 93
  • JS 92
  • JD 91
  • JL 91

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$39.94

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Reg: $49.94

$39.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 2 btls
ETA: Jul. 2021

*Price does not include U.S. import tariffs that may be due from buyer on arrival. Please see our Terms & Conditions of Sale.

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, April 2017
(93–95) Barrel Sample. The wine, a majority of young Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, is structured and firm with solid tannins and layers of black currant. This will be ready to be drink after 2025.
DC 93
Decanter,
A hugely enjoyable wine that is intense and concentrated, with chocolate shavings, liquorice and damson, plus a brushed velvet texture. This is a vintage where the Cabernet Sauvignon did exceptionally well (55% with 45%...   A hugely enjoyable wine that is intense and concentrated, with chocolate shavings, liquorice and damson, plus a brushed velvet texture. This is a vintage where the Cabernet Sauvignon did exceptionally well (55% with 45% Merlot), and it suits the style of this wine: powerful but finessed, but still no need to wait too long to begin drinking.  
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017
(91 - 93 points) The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot matured in 20% new oak. It has a well-defined bouquet with mulberry, cranberry, pressed flowers and a touch of...   (91 - 93 points) The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot matured in 20% new oak. It has a well-defined bouquet with mulberry, cranberry, pressed flowers and a touch of undergrowth; it is neatly defined though not powerful, but it does demonstrare commendable precision. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and firm tannin, quite tensile and energetic (more so than the Les Hauts de Smith) with impressive structure and length on the almost Pauillac-like, graphite infused finish. Do not ignore this little gem from Château Smith Haut-Lafitte, because it always punches above its weight.- NM  
JS 92
jamessuckling.com, February 2019
The freshness and the currant aromas are very enticing. Blackberries, too. Full-bodied, very linear and crisp. Fine tannins. 60 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 40 per cent merlot. Better after 2021, but already very pretty.
JD 91
jebdunnuck.com, February 2019
There are two second wines of the estate, one based on Cabernet Sauvignon and one based on Merlot. The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is the Cabernet-dominated release and is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot brought up...   There are two second wines of the estate, one based on Cabernet Sauvignon and one based on Merlot. The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is the Cabernet-dominated release and is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot brought up in 20% new oak. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, finesse-driven effort offers classic notes of tobacco leaf, cigar, graphite, and assorted dark fruits as well as a touch of minerality. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and impeccably balanced, it’s going to be better with 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.  
JL 91
TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2017
Earthy, smoky, wet forest, licorice and dark plums, with good density, supple, textures and a tannic finish, with a bit of dryness in the end note. The second wine of Smith Haut Lafitte is produced for export from Les...   Earthy, smoky, wet forest, licorice and dark plums, with good density, supple, textures and a tannic finish, with a bit of dryness in the end note. The second wine of Smith Haut Lafitte is produced for export from Les Hauts de Smith, as it is dominated by 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and paired with 40% Merlot. Earthy scents coupled with tobacco, coffee, black raspberry and plums reveal freshness in the fruit, softness in the tannins and a spicy, dark, red fruit finish. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/search-wine-tasting-notes/?szSearch=2016+Petit+Haut+Lafitte  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.