Grand Vin Pessac-Léognan 2005
98 points, “This is a superstar of the vintage, and capable of lasting another 25-30 years.” – Robert Parker
Always known for its intensity, concentration and touch of smoke, Smith Haut Lafitte’s red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged in predominantly new barrels for 18 months. 2005 was an exceptional year for vintages in Pessac-Léognan, one to rival 2009 and 2010. And Smith Haut Lafitte did not disappoint delivering something a little more floral than usual and with a graphite edge that’s almost reminiscent of Pauillac, on top of which there’s cassis, brambles, pencil shavings, charcoal, freshly roasted coffee, creamy chocolate, smoked meat and so much more. Whatever you pair this wine with, Smith Haut Lafitte 2005 will command centre stage.
Winemaking on the lieu-dit of Lafitte can be traced back to the 14th Century, but it was bought in 1720 by a Scot called George Smith who added his name to it, creating what we know today as Smith Haut Lafitte. Jump forward to 1990 and ownership fell to Florence Cathiard and her Olympic skiing champion husband Daniel, this dynamic duo modernised drastically and elevated this Grand Cru Classé in Martillac to a level that competes with its prestigious rivals further north on the Left Bank, but often at a more appealing price point. On top of which, due their pioneering stance on organic winegrowing, they were asked to present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in 2015. Forward-thinking business obviously runs in the family as Florence and Daniel’s daughter Mathilde Thomas-Cathiard and her husband Bertrand Thomas brought the world Caudalie, a much-loved skin care line that uses grape seeds and vine cuttings inspired by her parents’ work.
£26.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2830206
Style No.: 704074
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