2008 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "An elegant wine, smooth and rounded, bringing out smoky fruits over tannins that smooth out as the fruit unfolds. Less opulent than some previous vintages, the wine show restraint and aging potential." (04/11) 92 points Robert Parker: "One of the stars of the vintage, this elegant, smoky wine has hints of barbecue pit intermixed with sweet black currants and cherries. Dark purple and medium to full-bodied, its impressive finesse and wonderful purity make for a surprisingly forward style of Smith-Haut-Lafitte to drink over the next 15 or so years." (05/11) 92 points James Suckling: "A luscious nose of cream, apple pie, lemons, and dried mangos lead you on to a full body, with bright acidity that turns to vanilla" 91 points Wine Spectator: "This expressive red shows intensity with grace, balancing pure black cherry, mineral and tobacco flavors with toasty oak and fresh acidity. The tannins are firm but ripe, fading to a floral, smoky finish. Drink now through 2018." (04/11) 91(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 11: "Good medium ruby. Black cherry, dark berries and licorice on the nose. Sweet but firm, with excellent concentration and medicinal reserve to the dark berry flavors. An elegant, ripe, smooth wine with a lovely mounting finish featuring suave tannins. No rough edges or austerity here--in fact this is downright creamy in the mid-palate--but this has plenty of structure for a graceful evolution in bottle."