2003 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1026979 93 points James Suckling

 A wonderful nose of spices, dark fruits, and hot stones in the vineyard. On the palate it has a full body, displaying power and solidity. Beautiful polished tannins, but this is still a bit young. You can drink this now, but it will be better if you pull the cork in 2013.  (3/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Shows the heat of the vintage but still maintains a succulent edge to the mix of plum, blackberry and fig preserve flavors. A light apple wood frame holds the finish, revealing a flash of tobacco and fresh earth, but this has pushed the fruit to the fore and is totally accessible now.—Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Drink now through 2025. (JM, Web Only-2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A beauty of cassis, plum, tobacco leaf and spice, this dark plum/purple-hued, medium to full-bodied 2003 reveals sweet, round, cassis flavors. It has reached full maturity, but shows no signs of decline, and should continue to hold at this plateau for another decade. Although the 2003 is not up to the perfect levels of the 2009 and 2010, it is unquestionably a noteworthy success in a vintage that did not favor Pessac-Leognan. (RP)  (8/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red with ruby highlights. Ripe, expressive nose offers plum, strawberry, currant and tobacco. Dense, fat and sweet, with lovely breadth but also excellent vinosity for the year. The red fruit, tobacco and smoke flavors are nicely framed by firm acids. Finishes broad and long, with sweet tannins and plenty of energy. Accessible now but should evolve positively for a decade or more. (ST)  (5/2006)


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