Sunday, January 24, 2010

*+ $$$$ Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge (Red), Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France, 2007 - Wine Review and Rating

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Original Review:

By way of background: Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in the Pessac-Leognan region of Bordeaux, France, represents a 67 hectare site that makes approximately 10,000 cases of red and 3,000 cases of white wine.  We are sampling the 2007 red wine (vin rouge) here, which is a blend of 59% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot, aged 18 months in 70% new oak.

In the glass: Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge shows as light red in the glass.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously, this red Bordeaux sports a clean, bright aromas.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is an evenly balanced, mid-red tone.  The center palate, however, is not distinctive, though clearly old world in its style.

And the finish: Solid tannins accompany the finish.

In summary: Overall, rates one star on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for the future because of its strong tannic streak.

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