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.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Smith Haut-Lafitte has a much simpler bouquet than the 2014 Pape-Clément, with scents of pencil lead and cooked meat infusing the black fruit. The palate is well balanced with slightly firm tannin, moderate levels of acidity that segues to a very peppery and vivacious finish. This is a sophisticated and classy Pessac-Léognan, though I wonder if it is starting to close down? Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2021 - 2050
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018|
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. Drink date 2020 - 2045
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017|
The Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2014 is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare that is matured in 65% new barrels. There is a strong and persuasive marine influence on the nose, suggestions of iodine and seaweed infusing the black fruit that is very well defined and nicely embroidered with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy, slightly chalky tannin; saline in the mouth and linear, focused, quite penetrating finish. In a similar fashion to the Haut-Bailly, this is a more "athletic" Smith Haut Lafitte, but one that allows the terroir to come through and be articulated. This is a stylish "S.H.L." from talented winemaker Fabien Teitgen.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
This is a very muscular style of Smith Haut Lafitte with great bio-precision that equates to intense flavors and textures. Mineral, stone, blueberry and wet earth. Long, persistent and solid. A classic Bordeaux style yet rich and exact.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015|
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.
|Score: 94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
Stones and minerals on the nose and nice restraint on the second bottle with some spiciness and no excess of flesh. Well done! Though you need to wait quite a while. Emphatic.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
Daniel and Florence Cathiard transformed this property in the early 1990s and have been making very individual, sexy wines since then which combine flavours of classic earthy Graves with silky and seductive new oak from barrels produced by their in-house cooper. 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby colour. Sweet, ripe black cherry and blackcurrant on the nose which has a seductive note of vanilla and nutmeg. The palate is succulent and ripe with a plush core of black fruits and high levels of glycerol. Smooth, velvety tannins giving a generous texture and mouthfeel. This will be a real crowd-pleaser with no hard edges but very good overall balance.
|Score: 16.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
The 2014 Smith Haut Lafitte shows the elegant style of the vintage, yet the depth of fruit that’s common from this estate. Blackberries, currants, scorched earth, spicy oak and tobacco leaf nuances give way to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured 2014 that has ripe tannin and nicely integrated acidity. It has tons of character and is a beautiful, elegant wine to drink over the coming 15 years or so. 2018 - 2033
|Score: 93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
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.
|Score: 94||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
The nose has a mix of fragrances mainly fresh black fruits. The start of the palate seems fresh with a strong bilberry character but it fills out in the middle rich fruit ripe tannins sweetness smooth and supple. 2023-30
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
The Smith red used to be overshadowed by the whte, but not any more. Deeply coloured and profound, this is an intensely aromatic blend, with sweet, perfumed oak, bold flavours, a supporting cast of acidity and fruit richness and the potential to age. Not far behind Haut-Brion in terms of quality, if not style.
|Score: 95||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 94||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|