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2003 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge

Pessac-Léognan, cru classé

PRICE:
$75.00 per Bottle

SIZE:
750ml

AVAILABLE:
Out of Stock

 

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TASTING NOTES

"Loads of blackberry and licorice with hints of meat and smoked oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of very ripe and exotic fruit. Very exotic and wild. Rich finish. Best after 2009. 8,330 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 03/31/2006)

Rating: 93
Drink from: 2009


"Good deep red with ruby highlights. Ripe, expressive nose offers plum, strawberry, currant and tobacco. Dense, fat and sweet, with lovely breadth but also excellent vinosity for the year. The red fruit, tobacco and smoke flavors are nicely framed by firm acids. Finishes broad and long, with sweet tannins and plenty of energy. Accessible now but should evolve positively for a decade or more." Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(IWC, 05/01/2006)

Rating: 91


"A beauty of cassis, plum, tobacco leaf and spice, this dark plum/purple-hued, medium to full-bodied 2003 reveals sweet, round, cassis flavors. It has reached full maturity, but shows no signs of decline, and should continue to hold at this plateau for another decade. Although the 2003 is not up to the perfect levels of the 2009 and 2010, it is unquestionably a noteworthy success in a vintage that did not favor Pessac-Leognan." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #214
(WA, 08/01/2014)

Rating: 91


"Lovely fresh range of aromas, with notes of strawberries, red currants and raspberries. Very harmonious palate and intensely sappy. Firm, sound tannins but no trace of heaviness or crudeness and lots of depth. A well-finished, very classical Bordeaux, designed for long ageing." Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 1
(WFW, 05/01/2004)

Rating: 17


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