|One of the rising stars of the Appellation. An excellent estate producing increasingly magnificent wine
Elegant structure, not too much oak, intense fruit, balanced tannins.
Good fruit undertones. Long finish of cocoa & spices.
Magnificent 2015 Vintage
The 2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is adorned with a special label to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the château and the 25th vintage made under the ownership of Daniel and Florence Cathiard. It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, picked between 23 September until 12 October with the Cabernet Franc. Matured in 65% new oak (although technical director Fabien Teitgen mentioned that he could have added more if he felt it would benefit), it has a very intense, blueberry and crème de cassis scented bouquet, a touch more opulent than its peers with hints of freshly shucked oyster shell developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin couched in gorgeous, satin-textured black cherry and cassis fruit, tinged with cedar and pencil shavings. It lingers very long and sensually in the mouth, completing a sophisticated and powerful Smith Haut-Lafitte that should age in splendid fashion.
||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016
Colour: Red Drink Now or lay down for 5-10 Years
55% Cab Sauv 35% Merlot 10% Cab Franc