2020 Château Smith Haut Lafitte is described as "Possibly ranking with the top two or three wines of the vintage" by Jeb Dunnuck (97-100 points). No fewer than three critics score this as a potential 100 point wine, with Perotti-Brown and Suckling agreeing with Dunnuck that this could shape up to be the best ever wine from this estate.
We loved the sample we tasted, which had a great density of blackcurrant fruit and violets on the nose, a linear, focused palate and beautifully pure, intensely defined blackberry fruit. The firm, granitic tannins and sense of energy mark this out as a wine of real stature. Bottled with a special anniversary label (marking the 30th vintage since the Cathiard's acquired the estate in 1990), the difficulty will be in getting hold of some, as stock is extremely limited, so please don't delay.
The second wine, Le Petit Haut Lafitte, is a favourite of ours in any vintage and at just £225 per dozen and with 93 points from Jane Anson, this is an accessible way to enjoy the wines from this château.
Bordeaux En Primeur, landing in spring 2023
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