A sensational effort and one of the stars of the vintage, Smith-Haut-Lafitte’s 2004 possesses an inky/blue/purple-tinged color as well as a sumptuous nose of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberries, and blackberries. Surprisingly full-bodied for the vintage with stunning concentration, purity, and overall harmony, this is another brilliant wine from the proprietors, the Cathiards, who have done such a spectacular job at this estate since the early 1990s. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007|
The 2004 Smith-Haut-Lafitte continues to be an impressive effort. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by moderately intense aromas of black cherries, black currants, graphite, and hints of wood, minerals, and acacia flowers. Medium-bodied and elegant, with good underlying freshness, vibrancy, concentration, and balance, it should drink well young, and evolve for 15+ years.
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006|
Another strong effort from this impeccably run Pessac-Leognan estate, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2004 exhibits a classy nose of crushed rocks, black currants, vanilla, and graphite. Medium-bodied, with good weight, a multilayered texture, fine purity, and excellent harmony, it should evolve gracefully for 15+ years.
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
Balanced for the vintage, with ripe fruit, fine tannins and a pretty, plummy, lightly toasted oak aftertaste. Nicely done. Not pushed, just nurtured
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005|
Interesting, quite forward, evolved wine with evident oak influence. Extraordinarily supple for a 2004 at this stage - has this sample been specially prepared? It gives lots of pleasure now and there are some tannins there but not a massive intensity of fruit on the mid palate. Delicious short term drink.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005|