Smith Haut Lafitte was certified organic in 2019 and are also practicing biodynamically. The harvest of red grapes took place from 17th September to 10th October. The 2019 is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine will be aged in 60% new French oak. Deep ruby in colour with a sappy, smoky nose of cedar, incense and dark cherries. The palate is opulent and glossy, with generous levels of sweet vanilla, wood char and tobacco interlaced with fleshy black fruits and milk chocolate. The tannins are bold and build on the finish, tempering the sweet wood and ripe fruit. Long and heady.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Smith Haut-Lafitte was cropped at 36hl/ha, undergoing manual pigeage and maturation in 60% new barrels for a planned 18 months. It has an intense, very pure bouquet with blackberry, briary and cherry compote and a hint of black olive tapenade in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins that frame the pure, mineral-infused black fruit. Undercurrents of graphite and black olive surface towards the complex finish that I feel is less opulent but maybe more sophisticated than recent vintages of this top performer. Very elegant and refined, this is an outstanding success for winemaker Fabien Teitgen and his team. Tasted twice including samples direct from the château. 2025 - 2055
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
The blend this year is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 17th of September to the 10th of October. The wine is aging in French oak barriques, 60% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Smith Haut Lafitte is downright hedonic on the nose, rolling sensuously out of the glass with notions of warm cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, Black Forest cake and black raspberries with nuances of cinnamon toast, lilacs, camphor and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate juxtaposes remarkable energy and brightness with densely packed, rich, ripe black fruits, framed by wonderfully ripe, finely grained tannins and fantastically invigorating freshness, finishing long with mineral-tinged fireworks. Stunning!
|Score: 96/98+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020|
This is a solid red with a compact, tight palate of black fruit and currants, as well as very pretty, powerful yet polished tannins. This shows finesse with structure.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
The 2019 Smith Haut Lafitte soars out of the glass with regal intensity and stature. A wine of depth and textural resonance, the 2019 has a lot to offer. Naturally, today the 2019 is about potential more than anything else, and yet all the elements are so impeccably balanced. Dark and racy, with real energy, the 2019 is impressive. Lavender, mint and sage linger on the persistent finish.
|Score: 94/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|