Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 2012


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 Region: Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux - France

Grapes: 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Merlot, 4 % Cabernet Franc, 1 % Petit Verdot

Color: The offers a beautiful dark bright red colour with blue hue.

ScentsThe already expressive nose reveals very fresh notes of red fruits (strawberry, cherry) with a hint of smoke. Once aerated, the nose complexity appears with delicate notes of spices (star anise, liquorice, cinnamon), of red fruits as well as beautiful and elegant flower notes. Then the nose stretches out with terroir aromas of flint stone and fireplace.

Palate: The attack in mouth is fresh and balanced with a fleshy and unctuous texture. The wine is a subtle balance between maturity and freshness: the maturity from the concentration, the impressive unctuosity and sugarity and the beautiful structure of long and classy tannins; the freshness from the tension, the dynamism and the aroma sparkle. The whole defines very well this wine, already reachable, fresh, harmonious and very elegant. This long mouth gives way to a fresh very bordelaise finale, a red fruit explosion. The aromatic is very close to that of the nose, characterised by the freshness with crunchy red fruits, spices notes of liquorice, dry herbs and empyreumatic notes of fireplace and flint stone.

Robert Parker 92-94 Pts; James Suckling 94-95 Pts; Wine Spectator 91-94 Pts; Jancis Robinson 16.5 Pts