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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2023

Pessac Leognan

Das charismatische Ehepaar Florence und Daniel Cathiard hatten mit dem Jahrgang 2023 hohen Besuch aus England; K√∂nig Charles war zu Gast. Und dies wird auch auf dem Label des Rot- wie des Wei√üweins kommuniziert werden. 92% Cabernet gelangten mit dem Jahrgang 2023 in den Blend der sich nahezu k√∂niglich edel pr√§sentierte. Cassis, Tabak, schwarze Johannisbeere, alles sehr distinguiert, aber nicht zur√ľckhalten proportioniert haben die Cathiards hier wiederum einen absoluten Spa√ümacher im Keller. 26hl/ha klein war die Ernte. Das Resultat aber mit Bewertungen bis hin zu 99 Punkten ist super!

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2023

3 Fl. √° 0,75l in der 3er OVP
171,07¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
6 Fl. √° 0,75l in der 6er OVP
169,07¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
12 Fl. √° 0,75l in der 12er OVP
167,87¬†‚ā¨ / Liter


12 Fl. √° 0,375l in der 12er OVP
173,47¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
24 Fl. √° 0,375l in der 24er OVP
172,13¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
1 Fl. √° 1,5l in der 1er OVP
172,87¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
3 Fl. √° 1,5l in der 3er OVP
170,33¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
6 Fl. √° 1,5l in der 6er OVP
169,60¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
1 Fl. √° 3l in der 1er OVP
187,20¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
1 Fl. √° 6l in der 1er OVP
181,53¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
1 Fl. √° 12l in der 1er OVP
189,12¬†‚ā¨ / Liter
1 Fl. √° 18l in der 1er OVP
193,70¬†‚ā¨ / Liter

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte √ľber den Jahrgang 2023


JAMES SUCKLING: "Probably one of the most structured and stony SHLs I have ever had. Full yet very tight and compact palate with tannins that are like a tightly wound ball of silk. It goes on for a very long time. The cab berries were very small and they delivered a fantastic backbone of tannins, but at the same time intensity of vivid and reserved fruit. This is really long and classic in structure. The elevage in barrel will polish the fantastic, pure tannins. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 23% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes."
WEINWISSER: "92 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 % Cabernet Franc, 26 hl/ha. Dicht verwobenes Bouquet, frischgepfl√ľckte schwarze Johannisbeere, dunkle Schokopastillen und schwarze Olivenpaste, dahinter edle Cassisw√ľrze, Brasil-Tabak und Holundersaft. Am sublimen Gaumen mit seidiger, straffer Textur, k√∂rniges Extrakt, schokoladiges, strukturiertes Tanninger√ľst, mit viel Spannung und Konzentration versehen, durchtrainierter K√∂rper. Ein aristokratischer Smith Haut Lafitte, der dieses Jahr mit einem Sticker ausgestattet ist, der an den Besuch von King Charles auf dem Weingut im vergangenen Jahr erinnert."
VINUM: "Nach einem heissbl√ľtigen 2022er zeigt der 2023er Smith Haut-Laffite ungemein viel Frische; komplexes Duftbild, tiefgr√ľndig, k√ľhl im Ausdruck; frischer, rassiger Gaumen, gradlinig, mit Biss, Toptanninqualit√§t, viel Dynamik, grosser Spannungsbogen; hervorragende L√§nge. Sehr Bordeaux, sehr energetisch."
DECANTER: "Dark and fragrant nose, scented and intense but not too rich and ripe, more cool, crisp and fresh. Aromatics of roses, floral elements and pot pourri - very welcoming. Big boned, this has expansion and intensity from the get go, powdery tannins fill the mouth with a juicy core and layers of freshness, mint, graphite, wet stones, herbs, cocoa and liquorice. Not as immediately as suave, soft and caressing as SHL can be, this is more serious, more straight and streamlined. Still finessed but this has muscle to it, forward and direct. It’s a beauty but will need time to expand and soften some more. Still very much on the Cabernet aromatics and power. I do like its density though, there is richness here, it’s not all straight and the tannins are filling. This has lovely potential with chewy strawberry and cranberry flavours. You don’t have the feeling of overt warmth with a cool freshness and touching on austere acidity, but this offers freshness and tension as well as ripeness. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 3.65pH. 26hl/ha yield, more or the less the same as usual winemaker Fabien Teitgen said."
JEB DUNNUCK: "The 2023 Ch√Ęteau Smith Haut Lafitte checks in as 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, resting in 60% new oak. It sports a deep ruby/plum hue as well as awesome aromatics of smoky red and black fruits, scorched earth, graphite, and hints of violets. It's gorgeously textured, full-bodied, has a deep, unctuous mid-palate, and building tannins. It's unquestionably one of the gems in the vintage and should be snatched up by savvy readers. It's worth pointing out that this estate harvested very late, going to October 4, and it certainly appears to have paid off."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "The nose shoots out its tobacco, smoke, camphor, spice, floral, and black, with red fruits with only a swirl or two. The palate is even better with its fresh, energetic, black, with red fruit profile, along with its array of spices, chewy tannins, blue fruits, smoke, and dark chocolate. The wine is long, intense, focused, and complex, with a nice aromatic display in the mouth in the finish, which sticks with you for almost 50 seconds. The key to the vintage was finding the right dates to harvest coupled with a soft, gentle extraction. Picking took place from September 22 - October 5. The wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, and is aging in 60% New, French oak barrels for 18 months. 14% ABV. pH 3.65. Drink from 2028-2055."
FALSTAFF: "Dunkles Rubingranat, tiefer Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Feine dunkle Waldbeernote, feines Edelholz, reife Kirschen, etwas Cassis, einladendes Bukett. Komplex, w√ľrzig, saftige Brombeerfrucht, reife Tannine, Vanille im Abgang, etwas Karamell und R√∂staromen im Nachhall, stoffig, zeigt L√§nge und sicheres Reifepotenzial."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: "A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte is aging in 60% new oak and it is opaque purple-black in color. It needs a bit of shaking to brink forth an eruption of blackcurrant preserves, ripe plums, and baked black cherries, leading to hints of chocolate mint, violets, and unsmoked cigars, with a waft of pencil shavings. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut with muscular black fruits, delivering a solid frame of firm, grainy tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing long and earthy."
THE WINE ADVOCATE: "The 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte is a brilliant wine, revealing a complex, elegantly oaky bouquet of dark wild berries, mulberries, blueberries, flowers and spices. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and rich, it has a fleshy core of fruit with good concentration and refined, structured tannins that segues into a long, penetrating and mineral finish. Crafted with an unprecedented majority of Cabernet Sauvignon‚ÄĒdue to mildew affecting the Merlot‚ÄĒthis Smith Haut Lafitte highlights a distinctly Cabernet-driven texture that authentically reflects its terroir despite a slightly more structured character. This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, matured in 60% new oak barrels, represents one-third of the entire crop."
JANCIS ROBINSON: "Good colour. Attractive nose with dark-fruit and floral notes. Juicy and sweet on attack with a reasonable density of fruit to follow. Powerful, muscular tannins that need to be reined in. Some warmth but freshness as well. Dry, chewy-chalky finish. Will benefit from élevage."

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Pessac Leognan
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
Verantwortlicher Lebensmittelunternehmer:
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, 33650 Martillac, Frankreich
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