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2015 Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1400696 99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The currants and blackberries on the nose are very impressive with wet-earth and lavender undertones. Full body and super-integrated tannins that melt into the wine. The quality of the tannins is incredible with fantastic length and mouthfeel. So much concentration and balance at the same time. Such beauty. From biodynamic grapes. This is the greatest wine ever from here. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is exceptionally good, with extremely well placed damson and cassis fruit, a brush of caramel, smoked bacon and bitter chocolate. There's layer upon layer of flavour here, all spliced together by the most beautiful, juicy acidity. This is a Smith Haut Lafitte that has improved during barrel ageing, and will deepen even further in bottle. Bright, grippy acidity gives those fine tannins a bounce, and overall the texture is silky but with teeth lurking beneath. As of 2017, 40% of the vineyard is biodynamic, accounting for almost the entirety of the grand vin. And a black and gold label this year, continuing the trend! (JA) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This vintage is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, matured in 65% new oak barrels. Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte has a totally dazzling nose of exotic spices--star anise, fenugreek and Sichuan pepper--over a core of chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries, plum preserves, violets and earthy wafts of truffles, moss, tilled black soil and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and packing a lot of flavor into a relatively modest package, it fills the mouth with spice and herb-laced black and blue fruit layers, supported by very ripe, very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length. This is already a show-stopping, heart-pounding beauty, but should also age incredibly! (LPB) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Another wine from the Cathiard family I was able to taste on multiple occasions is the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte and it’s brilliant stuff readers should snatch up. Offering a huge nose of chocolatey dark fruits, roasted herbs, graphite and flowers, this big, rich, opulent beauty has building tannin, loads of structure and great mid-palate. It will drink nicely for 20+ years. 96+ Inner quote mark (11/2017)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine is dense in expressive, dark fruit and solid tannins which give it a rich, enveloping feel. With its spicy score and crisp acidity, there is great potential for aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This pumps out some serious blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry and black currant fruit flavors, with the texture of compote and a racy edge thanks to a terrific bolt of graphite that runs throughout. Waves of anise, roasted apple wood and tobacco drive the finish, with the fruit keeping pace easily. Destined for a long life. Best from 2025 through 2045. *Highly Recommended* (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Explosive and powerful in the glass, the 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte is going to need time to come into its own. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, leather, licorice and savory herbs effortlessly fill out the wine's ample frame. The 2015 is an especially dark, concentrated Smith Haut Lafitte. Swaths of tannin carry the wine into a huge finish accented by hints of raspberry jam, chocolate, leather and tobacco. Today, the 2015 is more power than finesse. It will be interesting to see how things develop from here. (AG) 95+ Inner quote mark (2/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Spice and fruit and vibrancy. Tea leaves rather than drying finish. Good savour. (JR) 17.5/20 Inner quote mark (1/2019)

K&L Notes

95+ points from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 2015 Smith Haut Lafitte has a lush and generous bouquet with black cherries, raspberry and rose petal scents, those shucked oyster shells that I noticed out of barrel surfacing with aeration. There is wonderful purity here and it blossoms with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, layers of red berry fruit, allspice, cedar and tobacco with a structure and insistent finish that suggests it will age over many years. This is a sophisticated young Smith Haut Lafitte, precocious in talent and bound to age with style and class. This is a seriously fine Smith Haut Lafitte that I feel will get better and better with age. One to watch. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045." (02/2018)


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