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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2000, Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Original Price: $1,498.00
Sale Price: $1,123.50
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Type > Red Wine

Vintage: 2000

Format: 750ml

Country : France > Bordeaux > Pessac Leognan

Rating:

WS: 91

RP: 95

AG: 90

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Description
(RP=95) 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! (WS=91) Showing a bit more maturity than some peers, this pushes singed cedar and smoldering alder flavors to the fore, along with well-mulled currant and fig fruit notes backed by a prominent tobacco edge on the finish. There's a pretty sweetness of fruit here, even though this is fully into a secondary phase.¡X2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2018. 10,000 cases made. (AG=90+) 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. (JS=90) 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.