2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte has an intriguing bouquet with surprising mineral intensity coming through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. The oak here is beautifully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a keen line of acidity, quite structured in the mouth, but that mineralité continues right to the finish that attenuates ever such a little. This is a thoroughbred Pessac-Léognan for the vintage. Tasted January 2016. (NM)
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. (JS)
65% Cab, 30% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc. At Joanne: toasty oak aromas and good depth of flavor. A touch of tonic on the nose? Has tannins, but fruit is coming out. At property-very toasty aromas with touch of tobacco and coffee. Fine toasty red fruit flavors. This is powerful wine for ageing. Rounded tannins. *1/2 Ralph Sands: The round and ripe fruit is a touch exotic with hints of earth and white pepper. The Smith wines continue to get better and better. On 1/23/09: Toasted oak. sweet and lush. Sexy wine!