2003 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
A classy nose with ripe fruit and roasted game. Very complex, full and chunky with big velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is very structured.
*Top 100 Wines of 2006* Loads of blackberry and licorice with hints of meat and smoked oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of very ripe and exotic fruit. Very exotic and wild. Rich finish. Best after 2009.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beauty of cassis, plum, tobacco leaf and spice, this dark plum/purple-hued, medium to full-bodied 2003 reveals sweet, round, cassis flavors. It has reached full maturity, but shows no signs of decline, and should continue to hold at this plateau for another decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red with ruby highlights. Ripe, expressive nose offers plum, strawberry, currant and tobacco. Dense, fat and sweet, with lovely breadth but also excellent vinosity for the year. The red fruit, tobacco and smoke flavors are nicely framed by firm acids. Finishes broad and long, with sweet tannins and plenty of energy.
Bricky garnet. Seems still to smell of oak -- cedary spice and mocha. Something slightly less clean and a little farmy too. Thickish tannins but resolved, gamey on the palate. More flavour than finesse. Persistent though.