2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pre-Arrival

$179.99

36 in stock

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

Ratings: JS-99  RP-97  JD-96+  DC-96  WE-96  WS-96  AG-95+  NM-95

Size: 750 ml

36 in stock

Description

99    James Suckling
“The currants and blackberries on the nose are very impressive with wet-earth and lavender undertones. Full body and super-integrated tannins that melt into the wine. The quality of the tannins is incredible with fantastic length and mouthfeel. So much concentration and balance at the same time. Such beauty. From biodynamic grapes. This is the greatest wine ever from here.” (10/2019)

97    Lisa Perrotti-Brown for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“This vintage is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, matured in 65% new oak barrels. Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte has a totally dazzling nose of exotic spices–star anise, fenugreek and Sichuan pepper–over a core of chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries, plum preserves, violets and earthy wafts of truffles, moss, tilled black soil and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and packing a lot of flavor into a relatively modest package, it fills the mouth with spice and herb-laced black and blue fruit layers, supported by very ripe, very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length. This is already a show-stopping, heart-pounding beauty, but should also age incredibly!” (2/2018)

96+   Jeb Dunnuck
“Another wine from the Cathiard family I was able to taste on multiple occasions is the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte and it’s brilliant stuff readers should snatch up. Offering a huge nose of chocolatey dark fruits, roasted herbs, graphite and flowers, this big, rich, opulent beauty has building tannin, loads of structure and great mid-palate. It will drink nicely for 20+ years.” (11/2017)

96    Decanter
“Smith Haut-Lafite sits on free-draining, günz gravel, with the 2015 showing classic smoky, earthy Graves character with herbs, spices and freshness on the palate. On the intense nose, floral notes and subtle new oak support the fruit. Although there is a silky, intense and concentrated core to the fruit, this is not at all showy – just a wonderfully balanced and complete example of Cru Classé Pessac-Leognan.” (11/2019)

96    Roger Voss for Wine Enthusiast — CELLAR SELECTION
This wine is dense in expressive, dark fruit and solid tannins which give it a rich, enveloping feel. With its spicy score and crisp acidity, there is great potential for aging. (4/2018)

96    James Molesworth for Wine Spectator — HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
“This pumps out some serious blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry and black currant fruit flavors, with the texture of compote and a racy edge thanks to a terrific bolt of graphite that runs throughout. Waves of anise, roasted apple wood and tobacco drive the finish, with the fruit keeping pace easily. Destined for a long life.” (3/2018)

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 3 × 3 × 13 in

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