2014 Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte

Year: 2014
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 94
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
James Suckling: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 97
Jeff Leve: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"This has a generous feel, with ripe fig, boysenberry and blueberry compote fruit flavors that are entwined with alluring roasted apple wood, melted licorice and warm fruitcake notes. The broad, mouthcoating finish has a terrific graphite underpinning to stay honest. Best from 2020 through 2035. 10,000 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"The 2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte has a fragrant mulberry and strawberry scented bouquet with cedar and subtle undergrowth scents emerging with time. There is something almost Musigny-like here (written as a complement incidentally—why not be compared to the greatest Burgundy Grand Cru?). The palate is medium-bodied with a soft and mellow opening. Quite spicy in the mouth with leather-tinged fruit on the open and inviting finish, there is something very approachable about this Smith-Haut-Lafitte, though like the 2014 Pape-Clement, it contains the substance to drink well over 10-15 years." (WA)

"In 2014 Smith Haut Lafitte produced an exceptionally soft, sexy Grand Vin. Dark cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice, menthol and red-toned fruit are all nicely delineated, while expressive floral notes give the wine a closing flourish of aromatic intensity. The 2014 is quite pretty, if a touch slender. It will drink well with minimal cellaring given its soft contours and supple, inviting personality. The blend is 62 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Merlot, 6 % Cabernet Franc and 2 % Petit Verdot. Tasted two times." (VM)

"Striking out on a path of its own and surprisingly open given its tender years, this friendly, generously fruited wine tips ever so slightly to ripeness and is supple and fairly full in feel. Happily, its singularly accessible, close-to-plush style does not come at the cost of undue softness, and it is underpinned by a nice note of firming tannin at the finish. It should not take too long before rounding into shape, and, if sure to last for ten years or more, it will be drinking quite nicely by the time it reaches its fifth birthday. Reviewed: June 2017" (CG)

"A big black-cherry and bitter-chocolate nose leads into a rich, concentrated palate, where the fruit easily holds sway over the powerful, dry tannins. It’s these that drive everything along right through to the assertive, slightly earthy finish; impressive long-term stuff! Try in 2021." (JS)

"Dense and beautifully ripe, this is a rounded rich wine. It focuses on the tropical yellow-fruit spectrum. That gives a full wine with wood-spice hints and just the right amount of citrus acidity to give it a lift. Drink this finely structured wine from 2023." (WE)

"Clearly better in the bottle, than when last tasted in barrel, the wine has gained complexity, depth and softness. Full bodied, fleshy and concentrated, with loads of juicy, sweet, ripe, fresh, dark fruits, smoke, licorice and oak, 4-6 years of bottle age will add a lot to this already tasty wine. 95 points - Tasted Feb 7, 2017" (JL)