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2004 Château SMITH HAUT LAFITTE. Péssac-Leognan

Bin:  800

Alcohol percentage:  13%


Pessac-Léognan is a sub-region of Graves, the well-known area just south of the town of Bordeaux itself

Grape variety:

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot; 18-20 months in oak (50-75% new barrels each year; all made at their own cooperage)


Former olympic skier, Daniel Cathiard bought this estate in 1990 and has invested huge sums into raising both the quality and profile. They have a fantastically glamorous spa-hotel on site (well worth a visit) where they use their own brand of natural cosmetics based on grape seeds (‘Caudalie’)

Press review:

www.jancisrobinson.com – 17/20 – “Interesting, quite forward, evolved wine with evident oak influence. Extraordinary supple for a 2004 at this stage. It gives lots of pleasure now and there are some tannins there but not a massive intensity of fruit on the mid palate. Delicious short term drink.”
Robert Parker’s, The Wine Advocate – 91-93/100 – “Another strong effort from the impeccably run Pessac Léognan state, the dense ruby/purple colored 2004 exhibits a classy nose of crushed rocks, black currants, vanilla and graphite. Medium-bodied with good weight, a multilayered texture, fine purity, and excellent harmony, it should evolve gracefully for 15+ years.”
www.thewinedoctor.com – “This has plenty of dense fruit on the nose, presented in a stylish and evocative style, tinged with tobacco. It is fleshy, with dark fruits, a creamy texture, but still very bright and stylish. This has weight and impact but it is not overdone. There is a core of ripe tannins and an appealing backbone of acidity. Really a very good wine. From my assessment of 2004 Bordeaux at four years.” 16.5+/20 (November 2008)


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