2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Elsewhere $60)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A top-notch success, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte offers aromas of smoky, juicy black currants, graphite, earth, truffles, and forest floor. Full-bodied with superb purity, noticeable but sweet tannins, this round, generous, long wine should drink nicely for 15-20+ years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full red-ruby. Expressive nose offers plum, black raspberry, tobacco, mocha, truffle, licorice and herbs. Suave, fine-grained and vibrant; generous and plush yet light on its feet. Finishes very long and classy, with sweet tannins, terrific energy and palate-coating persistence and perfume. Not as fat or full as the 2005, but just a step behind that wine.
Gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate, cappuccino and berries lead to a full body, with luscious fruit and round tannins. Long and voluptuous for the vintage. Impressive. Best after 2014.
With its prominent new wood, here is a wine that goes for spice, caramel and high toast flavors. It has great power, a wine that is currently all structure, leaving the fruit to gain in richness at a later stage.