1998 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Leognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #199886

Definitely one of our top picks for the vintage… especially when you consider the price. Smith Haut Lafitte, under the direction of the Cathiard family, seems to be growing in popularity by the minute. This wine has a brilliant red/purple bright color, superb nose of ripe plums and black fruits, and fabulous rich concentrated fruit. It's extremely well-balanced, powerful but very elegant. It's already delicious and is only going to get better. Expect to be able to keep this wine several decades if you're so inclined. Robert Parker gives it 90-92 points… 'This is potentially the finest wine made under the administration of the Cathiards. The deep ruby/purple color is followed by an alluring melange of floral scents, black cherry liqueur, cassis, minerals and subtle new oak. The 1998 hits the palate in layers, with little sense of weight, and nicely integrated sweet tannin. A hallmark of symmetry and complexity, this beautifully-etched, expansively flavored wine should age well.' NOTE - This is a pre-arrival (futures) item. It is due to arrive sometime during the winter and spring months of 2001. When the wine arrives we will contact you for shipping instructions.

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Case Price: $479.88
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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.