Old World Tradition: Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte 2006

11 Jun

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Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte 2006

Grand Cru Classe De Graves

This wine from Pessac-Lèognan in Graves, Bordeaux, France is an unusual and delightful red Bordeaux blend. A dark ruby color with maroon edges, the perfumed nose is dense with plum, blackberry, violet, and tobacco leaf.

The mouthfeel is classic old-world Bordeaux, the fruit is pushed to the mid of the palate and the darker, less common elements are featured: cacao, saddle leather, tobacco, forest floor– all in a delightful harmony of full bodied flavor complemented by sharp acid and sweet tannins for an amazing experience and brings to mind a classic men’s club vision of wing-backed chairs, piles of old leather-bound books, nautical antiques and cigar smoke in front of a massive fireplace.

This historic and rare wine sells from the mid $70’s to several hundred dollars per bottle online, has been ranked 93 and 92 by two of the world’s top wine experts, and should be at its peak after 2014. It is also a delightful experience right now if you can find it.

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