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Wine Critic
Jeb Dunnuck
98 / 100
James Suckling
99 / 100
JD
98
JS
99
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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac-Léognan (6 bottle OWC) FUTURES 2023 pre-arrival

France - Bordeaux - Pessac-Léognan - Red
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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge Pessac-Léognan (6 bottle OWC) FUTURES 2023 pre-arrival ETA summer 2026

Expert tasting note:

"Deep, dark ruby-red with a purple rim. The restrained aromas on the nose are of licorice & cassis. Cassis notes on the palate are overlaid by concentrated licorice. cedary oak notes are beautifully integrated with the fruit. The wine is of mid-weight with balanced alcohol & lovely fresh acidity. The long finish is supported by finer-grained tannins. There are attractive cedar notes & lingering cassis flavors." - 04/24 (ep) DCAMW

Critics' Reviews:

- James Suckling: 99

  "Probably one of the most structured and stony SHLs I have ever had. Full yet very tight and compact palate with tannins that are like a tightly wound ball of silk. It goes on for a very long time. The cab berries were very small and they delivered a fantastic backbone of tannins, but at the same time intensity of vivid and reserved fruit. This is really long and classic in structure. The elevage in barrel will polish the fantastic, pure tannins. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 23% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes."

- Jeb Dunnuck: 98

  "The 2023 Château Smith Haut Lafitte checks in as 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, resting in 60% new oak. It sports a deep ruby/plum hue as well as awesome aromatics of smoky red and black fruits, scorched earth, graphite, and hints of violets. It's gorgeously textured, full-bodied, has a deep, unctuous mid-palate, and building tannins. It's unquestionably one of the gems in the vintage and should be snatched up by savvy readers. It's worth pointing out that this estate harvested very late, going to October 4, and it certainly appears to have paid off."