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2012 Smith Haut Lafitte

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: Pessac Leognan
92-94 (RP)
Smith Haut Lafitte has become one of the ‘must-have’ wines of Bordeaux, such has been its run of success certainly in the past 5-7 years but arguably as far back as 2000. The quality at SHL has been immense for a decade and they have undoubtedly made luxury their watchword: indeed they are one of the few Bordeaux estates to have a luxury hotel, spa and restaurant on their property! The wine is equally plush and generous, although it does not sacrifice structure and minerality in search of sheer hedonism. Their terroir delivers layers of mineral complexity whilst delving into more Burgundian, Asian spiced territory at times. It has also become a consistently textural delight, as alluded to by Jane Anson in Decanter “It's a highly impressive wine with an amazing texture - something that is starting to mark Smith Haut Lafitte out every year.”

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Smith Haut Lafitte 2012

92-94 (RP)
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2012 Smith Haut Lafitte

92-94 (RP)
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2012 Smith Haut Lafitte

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Region: Red Bordeaux
92-94 (RP)
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Tasting Notes and Scores

91-93

Bordeaux Index

Robust, generous fruit with density, presence and pretty serious structure. Solid, plump fruit and that important weight on the mid-palate, showing proper ripeness. Good.

92-94

Wine Advocate

A brilliant success again, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot is a medium-bodied, impressively concentrated wine with copious quantities of red and black fruits. Licorice, roasted herbs and a touch of background oak are present in this slightly precocious wine, which should be accessible when released. It has the depth to evolve for 20 or more years. Talk about a severe selection – only 41% made it into the grand vin!

92-94

Neal Martin

Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. The 2012 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that is being raised in 60% new barrels. It has a intense bouquet, very lifted with the Merlot lending it a very floral aspect. Touches of crème de cassis develop with time. The palate is very well balanced with a smooth texture although you can feel the tannins exert their influence on the structured, much more Left Bank style finish that leaves a tertiary/tobacco aftertaste. This might be a long-term SHL. Tasted April 2013.

90-92

Michael Schuster

[55CS/40M/4CF/1PV] Deep, ripe fruit and aromatic nose; elegantly balanced, nicely concentrated, finely tannic, a seductive combination of matter and vitality, juicy fruit and fine mineral aromas; long to taste, gently complex, aromatic, and with lovely fruit persistence. 2020-30 [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2013]

91-94

Wine Spectator

Dark, with a ganache frame to the black currant, plum and blackberry notes. Tarry finish is rather shut and stolid today, but there’s serious stuffing here. Long charcoal echo, too. —J.M.

94-95

James Suckling

The finish is gorgeous here with a crunchy, fruity, hazelnut and earthy character. Dense yet balanced with a beautiful texture and length. Creamy tannins. Superb for the vintage. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.

16.5

Jancis Robinson

Dark purple. Appetising fresh forest-floor nose. Very sweet palate entry but there is freshness here too. Just a little skinny and astringent on the finish but this is attractive modern red bordeaux without overkill of either oak or alcohol. Very competent. Drink 2019-2030.

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