2005 Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 90--Jeff Leve: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$159.95

LAST CALL!!

"Very grapey, with black licorice and mineral character. Full-bodied, with hints of new wood and spices. Big and velvety. This is balanced and very silky, with harmonious yet chewy tannins. This is a different style from the 2003, but it's equally impressive. A wonderful young wine. Best after 2013. 8,000 cases made." (WS)

"This sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored wine from Smith Haut Lafitte has a gorgeous floral nose with notes of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, and cassis that jump from the glass of this inky, very dense, yet strikingly pure wine. Light on its feet despite its stunning concentration and multi-layered mouthfeel, this wine has fabulous intensity, richness and length. Quite impressive, and still incredibly youthful, this is a superstar of the vintage, and capable of lasting another 25-30 years." (WA)

"($80-$110) Good fresh red-ruby color. Reticent but pure aromas of plum, mocha and tobacco. This began sweet and dense but a bit sullen, then exploded with aeration to show sharply delineated flavors of plum, tobacco, hot stones and smoked meat. Wonderfully fat and full wine that spreads out on the back to saturate the entire palate. This makes the '07 seem peppery and high-pitched in comparison. Very long on the aftertaste. I asked technical director Teitgen to name his favorite recent vintages in Pessac-Leognan, and he listed 1998, 2001 and 2005." (VM)

"An impressive nose of spices, dark fruits, and fresh forest flowers. Full bodied, this has a solid core of fruit and super polished tannins. A fabulous wine, showing great structure and harmony, and a long, long finish. Beautiful stuff. Pull the cork in 2015. Find the wine" (JS)

"Softness is the hallmark of this wine, dominated by spicy wood rather than fruit tannins. It is fruity, big and ripe, with a core of blackberry flavors. Probably for medium-term aging, say 5–6 years." (WE)

"Smoke, coffee, licorice and spicy, blackberry jam notes open this concentrated wine. The wine is rich with lush, ripe, berries, but the oak remains noticeable. There is a touch of dryness in the dark berry and vanilla finish. Hopefully, the oak will dissipate with more bottle age. If the oak becomes better integrated, the wine will deserve a much higher score. 92 points - Tasted Feb 5, 2012" (JL)


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