Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2008 is an exquisite wine that reflects the characteristics of its vintage with finesse. It displays a deep garnet color, hinting at maturity while still retaining its vibrancy. The nose is elegant and refined, offering a captivating blend of aromas. Ripe black fruits, such as blackberry and plum, take center stage, accompanied by subtle notes of tobacco, cedar, and a touch of earthiness. There is a sense of restraint and balance in the aromas, showcasing the wine's sophistication. On the palate, it reveals a medium to full body, with a velvety texture and well-integrated tannins. The flavors of black fruits persist, supported by hints of spice, dark chocolate, and a touch of licorice. The wine exhibits excellent depth and complexity, with a refined structure that provides a seamless flow from start to finish. The finish, is long and lingering, leaving a delightful impression of ripe fruits and a subtle hint of minerality. Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2008 is a testament to the winemaking prowess and the terroir's expression, showcasing a harmonious balance of flavors and a graceful aging potential.
Robert Parker - 92 Points
"One of the stars of the vintage, this elegant, smoky wine has hints of barbecue pit intermixed with sweet black currants and cherries. Dark purple and medium to full-bodied, its impressive finesse and wonderful purity make for a surprisingly forward style of Smith-Haut-Lafitte to drink over the next 15 or so years."
Antonio Galloni - 92 Points
"The 2008 Smith Haut Lafitte is a lovely wine for the vintage, still quite polished on the nose with scents of blackcurrant and raspberry coulis, a touch of melted tar and tobacco; youthful for its age and showing fine vigor. With aeration there is suddenly a strong scent of liquorice. The palate is soft and rounded on the entry however, there is great depth on the mid-palate with layers of slightly toasted black fruit laced with tobacco, black pepper and smoke. I just felt there is a little dryness creeping in towards the finish, nevertheless this is a fine Pessac-Léognan. (Tasted at the château and at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual vertical tasting.) "