Smith Haut Lafitte 1996

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPessac-Leognan
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

Score: 90Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

A saturated deep ruby/purple color precedes a bouquet of smoke, vanillin, sweet cherry, and black currant aromas. Built along the line of the 1995, but more tannic and less forward, this medium-bodied wine possesses outstanding concentration, purity, and equilibrium. It is a beautifully made, potentially complex, perfumed, harmonious claret that should age gracefully.

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998

Quite light crimson without much development. Firm quite intense, ripe nose. Meaty, savoury notes with just a hint of oak, which became more obvious as it sat in the glass. Sweet, intense, neat and concentrated. No great subtlety but lots of force! Not for those who seek superripeness above all else. Drink 2007-17

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2006

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, 1996 Bordeaux Blind Tasting 8/9/2006, September 2006

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