Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan Rouge 750ml 2014

France, Bordeaux
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Smith Haut Lafitte6Pessac Leognan Rouge201420150519042
R1,730
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Critic Score

93
WA

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‘2014 Bordeaux is a very good to excellent vintage…The leitmotifs of 2014 are freshness, terroir expression, an erring towards red rather than black fruit, crisp and occasionally quite edgy tannins and vivacity. These are wines destined to sing in the wine glass, wines less concerned with impressing critics like me, more intent in pleasing consumers like you (and me).

‘Their freshness and vitality is a joy to behold. It is not a vintage that produced legendary wines, though one or two come very close. What they lack in substance they compensate with in tension and terroir expression. Saint Estèphe deserves special mention for producing a clutch of superb 2014s and it is probably here that I would be buying alongside the ever-reliable wines from Saint Julien. I doubt that the wines will shut down and so it would not surprise me if they just continue to drink well for 15 to 20 years, longer for the very best. They may well be seen in the same light as the 1988 Bordeaux that presaged the 1989 and 1990, though winemaking has changed so much since then that the 2014s are far superior.’ – Neal Martin

'The 2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte has a fragrant mulberry and strawberry scented bouquet with cedar and subtle undergrowth scents emerging with time. There is something almost Musigny-like here (written as a complement incidentally—why not be compared to the greatest Burgundy Grand Cru?). The palate is medium-bodied with a soft and mellow opening. Quite spicy in the mouth with leather-tinged fruit on the open and inviting finish, there is something very approachable about this Smith-Haut-Lafitte, though like the 2014 Pape-Clement, it contains the substance to drink well over 10-15 years.' – Wine Advocate, 93/100 (31 March 2017)

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Bottle Size750ml
StyleRed
CountryFrance
RatingWA 93
Drink ToLong-term cellar
PriceR1,730.00
ProducerSmith Haut Lafitte
RegionBordeaux
VarietyBordeaux Blend
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