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2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte

By Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte

2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte from Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

In the verdant expanse of Pessac-Leognan, a locale where the tapestry of Bordeaux's wine heritage is woven with unabated passion, the 2016 vintage of Smith-Haut-Lafitte emerges as a paragon of the estate's illustrious lineage. My palate has been graced by numerous incarnations of this fine wine, yet it is the 2016 vintage that resonates with particular distinction.


A Vintage Marked by Poise and Precision

The narrative of the 2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is one of balance and intricacy, sculpted by a growing season that favoured patience and careful stewardship. Where some years wrestle with the caprice of nature, 2016 was imbued with a kind disposition; moderate temperatures and a sun-drenched harvest bestowed upon us quintessential ripening conditions.

This particular harvest has given rise to a wine that tells a rich tale of its soil-bound origins with astounding clarity. The resulting libation exhibits a majestic structure; tannins are present yet refined, articulating finesse over force. It activates the senses with complex layers: dark berries mingle with whispers of licorice and earthy undercurrents – a reflection of its storied terroir.


Oenological Alchemy for Investors

As investors seek judicious additions to their portfolios, the 2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte denotes an astute selection. A shimmering example from Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte – one which mirrors the sentiment that Bordeaux is an inexhaustible well of viticultural marvels.

Whether approached as an investment or savoured at the dining table, this vintage commands attention. Its fabled longevity beckons collectors with promises of evolving complexities for years – perhaps decades – to come.

In summation, it is not merely the inimitable character of this accomplished creation that garners acclaim but also its potential trajectory in the landscape of fine wines. The 2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte stands as testimony to an impeccable harmony between human endeavour and nature's magnanimity – a matchless candidate for discerning investors in our sphere.

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Wow. This is incredibly rich and exotic. Full-bodied, so deep and long. It lasts for minutes. Perfectly polished tannins evidence how texturally focused and supple this is. Decadent and enticing. From organically grown grapes. Super quality of cabernet is on show here. We will see if 2016 is better than 2015.

James Suckling -, April 4th 2017


Seductively fleshy and creamy in feel, with alluring dark plum and fig notes laced with singed bay, black tea and dark earth hints. The broad finish has the grip and cut for definition. A beautiful wine in the making.—J.M.

Wine Spectator - The Wine Spectator (James Molesworth)


Blackish crimson. Nose that manages to combine flesh and ripeness with freshness. Some restraint here and some very natural flavours. A quiet king. Great appetising wine with the ripeness of the vintage. Very classy.

Jancis Robinson -

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