2022 Chateau Smith Haut Latiffe

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2022 Chateau Smith Haut Latiffe

JS 97-98
JD 96-98
  • S$18999

Vintage: 2022

Region: Pessac Leognan

Country: France

About Winery

A fantasic fine wine from the Pessac-Léognan appellation which is known far and wide thanks to the work of the Cathiard family. Smith Haut Lafitte is the result of vinifying whole grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot din small wooden vats. The wine is aged for 18 months in wooden barrels with the proportion of new wood coming to 60%.

The dark cuvée develops a massive palate, smooth and sweet, with long-lasting, complex flavours (liquorice, tabacco, cacoa, fruts and sweet spices).

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Tasting notes from Fabien Teitgen, Winemaker :

The wine is pale yellow in colour. The nose is already expressive, with great complexity combining notes of ripe fruit (peach, fresh apricot, fresh mango), crystalline citrus notes (pomelo, pink grapefruit) and more delicate and elegant spicy and floral notes (star anise, elderflower, acacia).

The story of this vintage is to be found on the nose: a beautiful combination of ripe fruit, freshness and elegance.

The attack on the palate is dense and broad, with a very good texture and superb creaminess.

Then the palate stretches out, supported by the good acidity, to a long and brilliant finish.

The balance between softness and freshness is quite incredible, with the mouthfeel, volume and creaminess perfectly balanced by the beautiful freshness.

This finely tuned acidity shapes the wine.

On the palate, an explosion of fruit, then the aromas become more complex, more elegant, more sophisticated.

Notes of sweet spices, star anise, aniseed, flowers and gun flint that are the signature of the great white wines of Smith Haut Lafitte. 

James Suckling, 97-98 pts

The polish, texture, complexity and patina are very impressive and fascintaing. So spicy and interesting with so much going on. Medium body with wonderfully integrated tannins that are cut and nicely chiselled already. Lemon and violet. 64%  cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot

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