1999 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (6L)

SKU #1254141 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a sizable wine for the vintage, although I do not believe it will have the longevity of the 1998 or 2000. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet, asphalt-tinged, earthy, cassis fruit with toasty pain grille notes in the background. There are loads of fruit and charm as well as a creamy texture revealing hints of tobacco, currants, and wood smoke. It is medium-bodied and supple-textured, and will provide ideal drinking over the next 12-15 years. (RP)  (4/2002)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Displays plum and berry aromas, with hints of decadent meat and currant. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, rich finish. Lovely mouthfeel. Just right.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 9,165 cases made. (Web Only-2010) (JS)

Jancis Robinson

 Magnum. Dark, still vibrant blackish ruby with a rust rim. Sweet, mellow and fragrant. Very charming indeed. Perfect now. Great balance and a little light and mild but only red bordeaux can deliver this sort of sensation. Just great mellow harmony with dusty tannins just a little insistent. But lovely round finish. Just gone off the boil a little in terms of concentration but a delicate, fully mature wine. Much more charming than 1999’s reputation might suggest. Drink up though.  (3/2015)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Expressive aromas of plum, tar, tobacco and smoky oak. Then supple and smoky in the mouth, with lovely sweetness and vinosity. Not as fleshy or deep as the 2000 but offers very good texture for '99. Nicely balanced wine, finishing with even tannins and good persistence.  (5/2002)

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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.