Smith Haut Lafitte has come a long way since Daniel and Florence Cathiard took the reins in 1990. This is now a state of the art Chateau incorporating all the best viticultural practices with modern winemaking techniques. We have watched and admired as the quality has improved, culminating in the 100 point 2009; although, we’re not sure we don’t prefer the 2010! 2015 is yet another spellbinding vintage at this estate. The red has it all; wonderful aromatics, stunning purity of flavour and the most gorgeous velvety texture. Unsurprisingly, it warrants an enormous 95-97 points from Neal Martin! This is exactly the same score and price as Pape Clement Rouge (which sold out in quick time), the only difference is, you’ll have a lot more fun with this in your cellar!
The white is also rather spectacular with its complex aromatics, gorgeous texture and long, vibrant finish. Neal quite rightly describes it as ‘another outstanding white Smith-Haut-Lafitte from winemaker Fabien Tietgen and the famille Cathiard’.
Allocations are quite limited to please communicate your interest to your Account Manager and we will do our best to fulfil your order.
The 2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is adorned with a special label to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the château and the 25th vintage made under the ownership of Daniel and Florence Cathiard. It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, picked between 23 September until 12 October with the Cabernet Franc. Matured in 65% new oak (although technical director Fabien Teitgen mentioned that he could have added more if he felt it would benefit), it has a very intense, blueberry and crème de cassis scented bouquet, a touch more opulent than its peers with hints of freshly shucked oyster shell developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin couched in gorgeous, satin-textured black cherry and cassis fruit, tinged with cedar and pencil shavings. It lingers very long and sensually in the mouth, completing a sophisticated and powerful Smith Haut-Lafitte that should age in splendid fashion. 95-97/100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.