2003 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
* Ranked #58 in the 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
The opulent, accessible 2003 offers a dense plum/ruby-tinged color and a big, sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, smoked herbs, lead pencil, and subtle wood. It is a deep, fleshy, medium to full-bodied offering with low acidity, a plump, opulent texture, and a heady finish. Enjoy this beauty over the next 15+ years.
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. Accessible now but should evolve positively for a decade or more.
Tasted many times-results not consistent. At UGC tasting-intense, black fruit aromas, sweet mid-palate and quite full-bodied. At LD Vins, Boysenberry and blueberry aromas. Tannic on back palate, but seems to have good stuffing and very sweet fruit flavors. The aromas were more consistent than the flavors. *.5 (Clyde Beffa, K&L's Bordeaux Buyer - 4/2004) Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Very round with fully resolved tannins. Much easier and possibly more worked than most with some Graves fragrance." (10/2010)