2022 | Frankrijk | Bordeaux, Pessac- Léognan

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2022 Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé

  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2022 Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2022 Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2022 Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé
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•   Daniel & Florence Cathiard brachten dit château naar de TOP van de appellation
•   Biologisch gecertificeerd
•   'A real success of the vintage' (Decanter)

Verder lezen
  • Smaakprofiel
    Complex, krachtig & vol
  • Druivenras
    Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
  • Land & Regio
    Frankrijk, Bordeaux, Pessac- Léognan
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'Uitermate schaars'

Daniel en Florence Cathiard kochten Château Smith Haut Lafitte in 1990. Het château stond op dat moment niet bepaald bekend als topdomein. Het echtpaar, dat zeer perfectionistisch ingesteld is, was vastberaden om daar verandering in aan te brengen. Eén van de eerste dingen die zij wijzigden was de overstap van machinaal naar handmatig oogsten. Bovendien werden er forse investeringen gedaan. Zo werd in 1995 een eigen kuiperij opgericht waarin ze het overgrote deel van hun vaten geheel naar eigen specificaties kunnen maken. Voorts bouwde het stel een nieuwe, state-of-the-art wijnmakerij.

Het wijngaardareaal (78 ha, waarvan 67 voor rood en 11 voor wit: zie hieronder) bestaat uit één single-block, maar in het wijngaardbeheer onderscheidt men maar liefst 140 verschillende plots. De beste plots liggen in het hart van het domein op het grindplateau dat een hoogte van 40 meter bereikt en waar hun beste cabernet sauvignons staan aangeplant.

Het château is sinds 2019 bio gecertificeerd en beschikt over een eigen kruidentuin. Deze kruiden worden gebruikt voor het bereiden van ‘kruidenthee’ om de wijngaard bij eventuele ziekten te behandelen.

Na tien jaar van verbeteringen en hard werken plukken Daniel en Florence Cathiard de vruchten van hun inspanningen en draait Smith Haut Lafitte mee aan de top van Pessac. De AOC Pessac-Léognan scoort dit jaar in het algemeen bij alle bekende wijncritici ontzettend goed. Met Smith Haut Lafite heeft u in onze ogen zonder meer het pareltje van de appellation te pakken: een pure, eerlijke stijl wijn waarbij de familie Cathiard bewust niet de focus op het hout heeft gelegd, maar juist voor een verfijnde, delicate wijn met een complex fruit palet heeft gezorgd. Heel geslaagd en een absolute highlight van de vintage en de appellation!

Klik hierboven op 'Awards' voor de proefnotities van de bekende wijnrecensenten.
Blend64% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot
WijnsoortRode Wijn
En PrimeurJa
DruivenrasCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
RegioBordeaux, Pessac- Léognan
SmaakprofielComplex, krachtig & vol
Alcoholgehalte13,5 %
ClassificatieAOC Pessac Léognan
Op dronk vanaf2030
Op dronk tot2060
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2022 Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2022 Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2022 Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2022 Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé

Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider)
(98-100)/100 punten
Inky dark in color, the wine requests a bit of effort before jumping into its nose of spice, cigar wrapper, blackberries, black currants, flowers, wet earth, and smoke. On your palate, the purity in the fruit, elegance, and lift is there. But what stands out is the width in your mouth as the wine caresses every part of your palate with its silky textures, and richness. The finish seals the deal as the wine has real staying power, staying with you for over 50 seconds! Harvesting took place from September 5 - September 30. Yields were low at 28 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, and is aging in 60% New, French oak barrels for 18 months. 14.5% ABV. pH 3.55. Is this the best vintage of Smith Haut Lafitte ever produced? Maybe. Let's revisit when the wine is in the bottle.

James Suckling
97-98/100 punten
The polish, texture, complexity and patina are very impressive and fascinating. So spicy and interesting with so much going on. Medium body with wonderfully integrated tannins that are cut and nicely chiselled already. Lemon and violet. 64% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

97/100 punten, Top-pick
A real success of the vintage that manages to deliver a bold, structured, concentrated and powerful wine with real terroir signature. You get the impression it’s from a warm vintage, but I love the fact you have texture, volume and weight but keeping the finesse. Fragranced black fruit and purple floral notes with soft medicinal herbal touches on the nose. Sleek and supple, tannins make the impression with juicy blackcurrants, black cherries and strawberries. Excellent tannin definition, they’re filling, massy and round, almost plush but accented by acidity and freshness. Strong signature, you know you're in gravel with Cabernet. Juicy, clean, pure, but with bite and intensity. I love the dark savoury notes too, the cough syrup, liquorice, clove, tobacco and cigar box elements, complex and captivating. 4% press. 3.65pH 30% whole bunch Petit Verdot in the blend. Potential upsore in bottle. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak barrels.

Neal Martin (Vinous)
(95-97)/100 punten
This is going to grow to be a wonderful, delicious Smith Haut Lafitte.

Jeb Dunnuck
(96-98)/100 punten
Moving to the Grand Vin, the 2022 Château Smith Haut Lafitte checks in as 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. This ripe, powerful, concentrated wine reminds me of the 2010 with its structure, concentrated mid-palate, and just sheer density and regal, full-bodied style on the palate. Despite its size, it stays balanced, has a beautiful perfume of sweet black fruits, graphite, scorched earth, and spring flowers, building tannins, and a great, great finish.

Jane Anson (Inside Bordeaux)
96/100 punten
Inky colour, with vivid vibrant edging, curling and fragrant floral aromatics, plenty of energy from the first kick of peony and mandarin peel. The rich density of the blue and black fruits are set against slate and grippy tannins, giving textural contrast which makes it engaging, together with a saline scrape on the finish. Blueberry, cassis, ink, liquorice root, graphite, pink grapefruit, intensely expressed with a vertical rise through the palate, very much true to estate signature. 29hl/h, 3.65ph, 10% whole bunches fermentation, using a mix of full bunches and stalks that they select after destemming. 33% 1st wine, 4% press used in the blend, harvest September 5 to 30. Fabien Teitgen technical director.

97/100 punten
Deep dark ruby garnet colour with opaque core and purple reflections, delicate brightening on the rim. Fine noble oak nuances, a touch of cassis, ripe plums, nougat, multi-faceted bouquet. Powerful, taut, ripe dark wild berries, integrated tannins, mineral and persistent, savoury finish, long finish, certain ageing potential, will need some time to fully develop.

The Wine Independent (Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW)
(95-97+)/100 punten
The 2022 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, with a yield of 29 hl/ha and aging in 60% new oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a lot of shaking to wake up notes of blackcurrant jelly, redcurrant preserves, boysenberries, and pencil lead, followed by suggestions of lilacs, Sichuan pepper, and cedar chest. The full-bodied palate is built like a skyscraper, delivering mouth-coating black fruits with red berry sparks supported by rock-solid, firm tannins, finishing very long and with a refreshing mineral lift.

Neal Martin (Vinous)
(95-97)/100 punten
The 2022 Smith Haut Lafitte was cropped at 29hL/ha between 5 and 30 September, undergoing half the extraction, aged in 60% new oak for a planned 18 months. It is fragrant and very pure on the nose: beautiful blackberry, raspberry and liquorice. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, very elegant and focused, fine-boned with an exceptionally pure and caressing tobacco-tinged finish.
This is going to grow to be a wonderful, delicious Smith Haut Lafitte. 14.5% alcohol.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94-95/100 punten
The 2022 Smith Haut Lafitte opens in the glass with attractive aromas of cassis, spices, tobacco, graphite and licorice, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate that is deep and layered, with good depth and powdery structuring tannins that assert themselves on the finish. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot will require some patience, given its somewhat extracted style.

Jancis Robinson
18/20 punten
Dark, glossy blackish purple. Glossy, glamorous impression on the nose. Very juicy and extremely sweet. Very flattering with masses of fruit almost covering the very ripe tannins. This should be drinkable very early but should also last well. Notably long. Velvety texture but with the freshness of Graves. Lovely wine.

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