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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Cru Classe, Pessac-Leognan, 2008

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Type Wine (Still)
Colour Red
Alcohol Content 13.5
Vintage 2008
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub Region Pessac-Leognan
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Critic Review
Critic Review
2008 Bordeaux: A Day In A Life (Feb 2018)

The 2008 Smith Haut Lafitte is a lovely wine for the vintage, still quite polished on the nose with scents of blackcurrant and raspberry coulis, a touch of melted tar and tobacco; youthful for its age and showing fine vigor. With aeration there is suddenly a strong scent of liquorice. The palate is soft and rounded on the entry however, there is great depth on the mid-palate with layers of slightly toasted black fruit laced with tobacco, black pepper and smoke. I just felt there is a little dryness creeping in towards the finish, nevertheless this is a fine Pessac-Léognan. (Tasted at the château and at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual vertical tasting.)

Neal Martin - 92


Bordeaux '08: Far Better Than Expected (May 2009)

Medium-deep ruby. Slightly low-toned nose begins a bit swampy but clears somewhat with air, revealing ripe blackberry and balsamic plum notes. Then creamy and nicely balanced on the palate, with flavors of blueberry syrup, graphite and wet underbrush. Finishes smooth and long. I tasted this wine four times: the two bottles I tried at the primeurs blind tasting had been decanted many hours earlier and lacked freshness, so my projected score may be low.

Ian d'Agata - 87-89


The 2008 Clarets (Jul 2011)

Good medium ruby. Black cherry, dark berries and licorice on the nose. Sweet but firm, with excellent concentration and medicinal reserve to the dark berry flavors. An elegant, ripe, smooth wine with a lovely mounting finish featuring suave tannins. No rough edges or austerity here--in fact this is downright creamy in the mid-palate--but this has plenty of structure for a graceful evolution in bottle.

Stephen Tanzer - 91

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