1998, Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Red

(Priced at per bottle)

Vintage
Size

Score: 90

Drinking Dates: 2003-2018

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 23-Apr-2001

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.