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2000 Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1006922 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Taciturn on the nose at first, but coquettishly opening up with pure red-fruits, espresso, cedar and a touch of the old dusty antique bureau. Good definition. The palate is full-bodied, firm tannins, a touch of spice on the entry, a citric thread that counterbalanced the dense, ripe black fruit. This is nowhere near ready, but all the elements are here for a great wine, with notes of blackberry, cedar, graphite wild strawberry and freshly rolled tobacco. Persistent, grippy and utterly convincing. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Showing a bit more maturity than some peers, this pushes singed cedar and smoldering alder flavors to the fore, along with well-mulled currant and fig fruit notes backed by a prominent tobacco edge on the finish. There's a pretty sweetness of fruit here, even though this is fully into a secondary phase. (JM, Web-2016) Inner quote mark

90 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This wine begins with a delicious nose of plums, berries, and hints of toasted oak on the nose. On the palate it is full-bodied and round, with some good fruit and a soft finish with lots of chocolate. Inner quote mark (3/2011)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Lift and some vaguely Asian spices (or do I mean ladies’ handbags?). Interesting aromas anyway and nicely blended into a mature bouquet. Not pushy in any way. In fact rather muted and low key, but a lovely balance of ripeness and freshness. Just slightly dry on the end – I wonder whether they were experimenting with oak at this time? A little bit dry on the end. Some energy and pulsating force. Some dry tannins on the end. Lusciousness. Charm but not great density. Hint of green apple on the finish. 17.5/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

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