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1996 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan
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About Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is old. How old? Well, in 1365, when most of the Medoc was marshland, yet to be drained by the Dutch, Smith Haut Lafitte was already under vine. Today, it is owned by former olympic skier Daniel Cathiard, who purchased the estate in 1990.

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1996 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan

Producer: Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Graves/Pessac-Leognan

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89(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1999

Medium red. Warm aromas of redcurrant, hot gravel and tobacco. Supple and graceful in the mouth; not especially sweet but boasts rather penetrating flavor and firm framing acidity. Not quite as suave as this estate '95; finishes with slightly tough tannins.

85 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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07/21/2005
by PJCaserta
This wine is very approachable now with its appealing cigar box, cedar, and mineral aromas wrapped tightly around a core of very focused rich blackberry fruit. The tannins are bold and can use a little more bottle age to completely round out all its glory. There is an interesting Gewurtzy character that appeared 3 hours after decanting. This was a truely wonderfull wine. Great expression of Cabernet from Graves! (95/100)

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