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2012 Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1209211 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The opaque bluish-purple 2012 Smith Haut Lafite offers up notes of licorice, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunningly ripe, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is another sensational effort from the Cathiards that is perfectly balanced, complex, super-rich and pure. Drink it over the next 20-25 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A dark, sensual wine, the 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte boasts marvelous depth and textural richness. Dark red stone fruits, leather, smoke, tobacco, gravel and herbs are laced together in an expansive wine endowed with terrific purity. The tannins are going to need at least a few years to soften, but there is clearly quite a bit to look forward to. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very deep and sensual for the vintage with blackberry, tobacco, chocolate, coffee and spice character. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Superb for the vintage. Give it three or four years to come around but already gorgeous. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This dark and dense wine is closed, with its tannins very dominant. It’s a solid, dark wine intense with juicy acidity, firm dry structure and a rich core. This is a magnificent wine for serious aging, with all the elements coming strongly into play. Drink from 2022. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The layered fig, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit notes are buttressed by ample, yet polished and integrated, ganachecoated tannins, while accents of black tea, ganache and tar course underneath. A really gorgeous display of fruit, showing terroir and cut on the finish. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

90 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Elegantly concentrated cassis fruit with tobacco leaf overtones, habitual Smith seductively smooth and spicy, will show early and last well. (SS) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
A perfect example of the 2012 vintage. Approachable yet complex. Sweet ripe fruit, and yet with stunning minerality. Blueberries, graphite, leather and cocoa, soft tannins and just about one of the most elegant wines of 2012.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2015 | Send Email
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One of the best of the vintage and the vintage is quite good. Lots of mineral and earth mixed with toasty oak.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

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