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Bordeaux 2017: The ravishing Smith Haut Lafitte
07 June 2018

The Cathiard’s have yet again produced another outstanding Smith Haut Lafitte. The house style of plush, velvety textured fruit and generosity transcends the vintage. It is ravishingly aromatic, voluptuous and pallet coating yet taut and compact with the structure to age gracefully for many decades. We were seriously impressed, as were all the major critics:

“The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte was not affected by frost and is therefore a classic blend matured in 60% new oak. The bouquet demands a little encouragement from the glass this year, eventually opening with floral scents, more iris than violet, flanked by blackberry and bilberry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that comes across just a little chalky in style. This feels very cohesive and comes replete with a detailed and nuanced finish that might lack the flair and volume of the 2016, but it is certainly sustained and persistent. Give this four to five years in bottle and subject to optimal barrel maturation this may well land at the top of my banded score. Drink 2022-2045. 93-95/100” - Neal Martin, vinous.com    Read More

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