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2000 Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Passac-Leognan (1.5L)

SKU #1132531 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One can’t say enough about this winery, which may still fly under the radar of most consumers. The fully mature 2000 displays gorgeous aromas of camphor, lead pencil shavings, unsmoked tobacco, plums, and black currants. With full body, a velvety texture, and beautiful weight, richness, and length, this superb wine should evolve, possibly improve for another 15 years. It’s a beauty! (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2010)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The Cathiards have made a polished wine with generous fruit. It manages to combine a modern, rich style with a lightness of touch and freshness of fruit which make it instantly attractive. Inner quote mark (6/2003)

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. This is ready, pull the cork soon. Inner quote mark (3/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good full ruby. Roasted red and black fruits, smoke and licorice on the nose. Powerful, even a bit aggressive, with less sweetness and subtlety than the subsequent vintages. Finishes with big, chewy, ripe tannins and lingering notes of tobacco and leather. Very Graves in style. This appears to be in the process of shutting down in the bottle. 90(+?) points Inner quote mark (6/2003)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very subtle and complex, with tobacco, chocolate and ripe fruit character. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated, silky tannins and a long finish. Refined, yet muscular. Inner quote mark (3/2003)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Complex aromas - hints of undergrowth, pencil lead, red fruit beginning the process of sweet vinous decay. Fine but leathery tannins, more mineral on the palate. Fragrant and fresh with subtle persistence. Drink 2010 to 2025. 17/20 points. Inner quote mark (5/2011)


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2015 | Send Email
Modern, flashy this wine is composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. In the past I found this wine to oaky, but I am pleased to see that it is integrating very well, and the freshness of the vintage is providing real lift to this showy, new wave Bordeaux. I didn’t think it would last when it was young, and I am so happy to be wrong. The high quality, mineral laden acidity of the long finish makes for a very balanced wine and one that I look forward to having again.
Drink from 2015 to 2035

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