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2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte

By Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte

2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte from Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The 2014 vintage from Pessac-Leognan heralds a particularly compelling narrative—a year where the climatic conditions defied initial expectations to culminate in wines of extraordinary poise, such as the 2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte. With almost four decades observing the ebb and flow of Bordeaux vintages, I approached this wine with keen anticipation.


Stewarding Nature’s Challenges: A Testament to Terroir and Technique

The initial trepidation regarding the growing season's humid start was expertly navigated by the seasoned hands at Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte. From what could have easily been an overwhelming challenge emerged a wine that is both honest to its lineage and unique in its expression.

The 2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is a mosaic of dark fruit undertones and, quite distinctively, a crisper berry brightness unusual for the heavier brushstrokes typically found in its varietal composition. The wine’s tannic structure is impeccably polished, offering a formidable groundwork for age-worthy investment. Traces of subtle oak integration are also commendable, teasing with whispers of vanilla and warm spices without overpowering the wine’s core gravitas.


An Oenophile’s Chronicle: The 2014 Vintage Unveiled

Pessac-Leognan's terroir, celebrated for its gravelly soils, has impressively chiselled its signature into the 2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte. The region's unique environs are instrumental in augmenting the Cabernet Sauvignon as it intertwines with Merlot's plusher aspects. Indeed, this vintage brims with restraint and elegance—a testament to the deft craftsmanship at Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte.

As investors seek notable additions to their portfolios that encapsulate both rarity and excellence in Bordeaux reds, the 2014 Smith-Haut-Lafitte emerges as an astute acquisition. Its complexity is enhanced by the unusual vibrancy for such a traditionally brooding appellation.

In sum, this vintage underlines not just the resilience but also the potential exuberance of Bordeaux winemaking in less than auspicious years. As it imminently approaches its optimal drinking window, collectors would be well advised to secure allocations of this charming enigma from Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte.

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