Bordeaux 2017: The ravishing Smith Haut Lafitte

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

“The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte is easily one of the highlights of the vintage. Dense, unctuous and impeccably balanced, the 2017 exudes depth from start to finish. Charcoal embers, graphite, menthol, licorice and sage add myriad shades of nuance to the plush, unctuous dark raspberry jam fruit. This is a super impressive showing from Smith Haut Lafitte. I tasted the 2017 two times. On both occasions, the wine showed tremendous aromatic and flavor depth. 94-97/100” - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com

“A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte opens slowly to reveal complex notes of crushed black cherries, black currants and wild blueberries with touches of lavender, pencil lead, cast iron pan and a waft of aniseed. Medium-bodied and elegant with great freshness and quiet intensity, it has firm, grainy tannins and a sustained yet ethereal mid-palate, with a long, energetic, mineral-laced finish. 94-96/100” – The Wine Advocate

The Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is also a great success, although yields are rather paltry. If you would like an allocation, please enquire with your account manager.