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2006 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte (750ml)
Producer: Château Smith Haut-Lafitte smith-haut-lafitte.com
Appellation: Pessac-Léognan - Graves - France (Grand Cru Classé)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$42.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: July 14, 2009 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
93 points "93 points Robert Parker: "A top-notch success, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte offers aromas of smoky, juicy black currants, graphite, earth, truffles, and forest floor. Full-bodied with superb purity, noticeable but sweet tannins, this round, generous, long wine should drink nicely for 15-20+ years." (02/09) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate, cappuccino and berries lead to a full body, with luscious fruit and round tannins. Long and voluptuous for the vintage. Impressive. Best after 2014." (03/09) 92 points Stephen Tanzer: "Full red-ruby. Expressive nose offers plum, black raspberry, tobacco, mocha, truffle, licorice and herbs. Suave, fine-grained and vibrant; generous and plush yet light on its feet. Finishes very long and classy, with sweet tannins, terrific energy and palate-coating persistence and perfume. Not as fat or full as the 2005, but just a step behind that wine." (May/June '09) K&L's notes - 65% Cab, 30% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc. At Joanne-toasty oak aromas and good depth of flavor. A touch of tonic on the nose? Has tannins, but fruit is coming out. At property-very toasty aromas with touch of tobacco and coffee. Fine toasty red fruit flavors. This is powerful wine for ageing. Rounded tannins. *1/2 Ralph Sands: The round and ripe fruit is a touch exotic with hints of earth and white pepper. The Smith wines continue to get better and better. On 01/23/09: toasted oak-sweet and lush. Sexy wine!" Best 2014-2026
rated: January 18, 2010 , RP
93 points "A top-notch success, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte offers aromas of smoky, juicy black currants, graphite, earth, truffles, and forest floor. Full-bodied with superb purity, noticeable but sweet tannins, this round, generous, long wine should drink nicely for 15-20+ years. One can’t say enough about the work proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard have done at Smith-Haut-Lafitte since 1990" Best 2009-2029