The second wine of Chateau Smith Haut Lafite, this vintage is highly rated so I had to pick up this bottle. It’s a deep garnet, showing a bit of bottle age. The nose is quintessential Bordeaux- graphite, plum, cassis, blackberry, smoky oak and black tea. The palate is a little awkward at first, the somewhat green tannins are fighting me with a hint of astringency. Once I get past the onslaught of black tea on my gums I get the classic fruit flavors along with medium acidity. The finish is mid length but the grip of those tannins is ferocious, lingering for a good minute. This wine is a bit young and disjointed right now but it holds promise for cellaring. Overall I think it warrants 89 points and for $45, it is a good introduction to the Graves appellation. 3 stars, drink from 2024-2030. Salut….
Whenever I see ’09 or 2010 Bordeaux on sale I take note. These two vintages were stellar and you can’t go wrong. Hence the urge for me to pick up a case of this stuff sight unseen, without any knowledge or forbearance. I simply saw a rating, a price and my wallet.
Bright purples hues in the glass as to be expected. Nose of black currants and blue berries was somewhat less than expected, perhaps the youth of the bottle? An interesting attack of black and blue fruits with a core of acidity and brisk tannins which led to a cork and dusty component which add to the fruits in a funky way that I enjoyed. Black tea finish with that tannic bite made for an interesting closure. 89 points with a 2014-2020 window. I paid $18 per bottle making this a 3 star effort. Salut….