HDH Wine

2009 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge

Pessac-Léognan, cru classé

PRICE:
$309.00 per Bottle

SIZE:
750ml

AVAILABLE:
4 Bottles

 

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TASTING NOTES

"The finest wine ever made by proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, the 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte exhibits an opaque blue/purple color in addition to a glorious nose of acacia flowers, licorice, charcoal, blueberries, black raspberries, lead pencil shavings and incense. This massive, extraordinarily rich, unctuously textured wine may be the most concentrated effort produced to date, although the 2000, 2005 and 2010 are nearly as prodigious. A gorgeous expression of Pessac-Léognan with sweet tannin, emerging charm and delicacy, and considerable power, depth, richness and authority, it should age effortlessly for 30-40+ years. Bravo!" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #199
(WA, 02/01/2012)

Rating: 100
Drink from: 2012-2052


"This is really loaded, with crushed plum, blueberry, cassis, fig and blackberry paste flavors all melded together, along with notes of tar, pastis and violet. Very long and dark, but polished and pure, with terrific fruit offset by a great tug of earth on the finish. Should cruise easily in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2035. 10,000 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 03/31/2012)

Rating: 96
Drink from: 2015-2035


"Aromas of flowers, dried citrus fruit and blueberries follow through to a full body, with firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Gorgeous fruit and structure. Polished and powerful. Best red ever from Smith. Best in 2018." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 02/14/2012)

Rating: 96
Drink from: 2018


"Good bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of blueberry, flowers, graphite and charred, nutty oak, plus a sexy suggestion of floral white fruit. Like liquid silk on entry, then concentrated and lush in the middle, with red plum, tobacco and mineral flavors given definition by lovely harmonious acidity. Utterly seamless wine with suave tannins. Voluminous and intense but not a powerhouse. Finishing flavors mount slowly and stain the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Conveys a beautiful impression of site and vintage. The most complete young Smith Haut Laffite I've yet tasted at this early stage; perhaps my score will ultimately prove to be conservative." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com
(AG, 07/01/2012)

Rating: 94+


"The 2009 Smith Haut-Lafitte has a very perfumed, quite floral bouquet with violets permeating the black and red fruit, hints of game and leather developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. Touches of brown spice filter through the red fruit and towards a fleshy and lightly peppered finish. This is a classy Pessac-Léognan from the Cathiard's...though, the 2016 is better! Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
(NM, 03/14/2019)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2020-2050


"Tasted blind. Dark, lustrous crimson. Some evolution at the rim. Very rich – almost toffee and malted milk! Not to my taste but some will love it. A bit dry on the end. Dramatic, certainly." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 03/05/2019)

Rating: 16.5
Drink from: 2022-2037


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