The 2009 Smith Haut-Lafitte has a very perfumed, quite floral bouquet with violets permeating the black and red fruit, hints of game and leather developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. Touches of brown spice filter through the red fruit and towards a fleshy and lightly peppered finish. This is a classy Pessac-Léognan from the Cathiard’s…though, the 2016 is better! Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050