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Château Smith Havt-Lafitte (2018) Pessac-Leognan

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Deep, dense, inky appearance and a lovely ripe plum and berry fruit nose with pencil box, coffee and cocoa. On tasting, this wine is full and rich, with tannins providing soft texture and excellent freshness keeps all in balance. The finish is long and satisfying. Probably the best Smith Havt Lafitte in recent years.

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    TypeRed
    Vintage2018
    When to Drink2022 to 2040+
    ProducerChâteau Smith Havt-Lafitte
    RegionBordeaux
    AppellationPessac-Leognan
    GrapesCabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Franc, 4%, Petit Verdot 2%
    ABV14.5%
    Volume75cl (Full Bottle)

    Château Smith Haut Lafitte has a long and prestigious history and, since it was acquired by the Cathiard family in 1990, has garnered a reputation as one of the finest producers in Pessac-Léognan. Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the sensational 2016 release is rich, perfumed, impeccably balanced and incredibly long. Though perhaps still a little young for drinking, this should be ideal to drink from 2023 onwards and should have at least 30 years potential cellaring.

    "......the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Smith Haut Lafitte is a little shy to begin. With coaxing, it very slowly unfurls to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of violets, red roses, kirsch, black cherries and redcurrant jelly, before giving way to a profound core of warm blackcurrants, blackberry preserves, molten licorice and cinnamon stick with nuances of dried mint, orange blossoms (yes!) and cloves. Full-bodied, the fruit does veritable pirouettes on your palate, both elegant and powerful in its expression, coating the mouth with densely packed red and black fruits while revealing tons of mineral, floral and savory sparks, framed by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long." robertparker.com

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    Château Smith Havt-Lafitte (2018) Pessac-Leognan

    Château Smith Havt-Lafitte (2018) Pessac-Leognan

    Deep, dense, inky appearance and a lovely ripe plum and berry fruit nose with pencil box, coffee and cocoa. On tasting, this wine is full and rich, with tannins providing soft texture and excellent freshness keeps all in balance. The finish is long and satisfying. Probably the best Smith Havt Lafitte in recent years.

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