Beautiful color, very deep with a mixing of the Haut-Brion ruby and its purple-violet shade of youth. Swishing the wine around in the glass gives a notion of its density. This complexity is followed up in the aromas that suddenly burst forth all at once: a woody hint of fine polished oak, mulberry jam, cherry pits, a touch of blackcurrant, and the bittersweet of mango. One discovers this complexness again with even more violence in the mouth. The specific notes of this vintage: the finesse of mocha, the toasted trace of praline all join with the above, melding together with tannins of great complexity and softness. The finish is never ending… Exceptional bottle. To be drunk today, tomorrow and surely even 100 years from now.
The 2007 is a very deep and concentrated wine sitting like black plum in the glass. The wine itself on opening is tight with little aromatics of very dark blackberry and cedar notes. The palate was also tight and slightly aggressive like an angry youth. The tannin and acid structure were clunky and made themselves known immediately, the drying tannins took some time to die down and let the rest of the wines characters to shine through. After 6 hour of decanting the wine became more approachable and the delicacy of the fruit and savoury notes appeared. The black fruit, cedar, and made way for the red cherry, hint of instant coffee granules, and dried shitake mushroom.
Chai Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2007 là chai rượu có màu mận chín đậm đà, sâu lắng. Hương thơm lan tỏa một cách chậm rãi của mùi dâu đen và gỗ tuyết tùng. Vị cũng chuyển dần từ êm dịu sang mạnh mẽ và hung hăng như một chàng thanh niên mới lớn. Cấu trúc của vị chát và acid rất hài hòa và sự nhận biết gần như tức thời, vị tannin hơi thô lúc đầu sẽ trở nên mềm mượt hơn cùng với thời gian và nhường chỗ cho những cá tính khác trở nên nổi bật.Nếu bạn đủ kiên nhẫn để chờ 6 tiếng sau khi rót ra decanter rượu sẽ trở nên rất tinh tế với mùi vị nhiều loại trái cây hòa quyện. Hương vị đặc trưng của trái cây màu đen, của gỗ trắc bá chuyển dần sang mùi quả anh đào đỏ, điểm xuyết mùi của hạt cà phê và nấm hương phơi khô.
The new wine was deeply-coloured, almost black. It had great concentration with powerful, complex, and elegant aromas of red and black fruit, spices, herbs, cedar, liquorice, clove, and graphite…This complexity was also present on the palate, and the wine soon proved to be rich, powerful, balanced, and refreshing. With time, power and concentration have become its hallmarks – but not at all at the expense of finesse. The tannin is incredibly rich and there is a beautiful, long aftertaste. The aromatic complexity on the nose carries over to the palate, which features superb red fruit and spicy flavours (clove,liquorice, and cinnamon) as well as subtle overtones of graphite, gunflint, and violet…
Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red 2012 offers a beautiful dark bright red colour with blue hue. The already expressive nose reveals very fresh notes of red fruits (strawberry, cherry) with a hint of smoke. Once aerated, the nose complexity appears with delicate notes of spices (star anise, liquorice, cinnamon), of red fruits as well as beautiful and elegant flower notes. Then the nose stretches out with terroir aromas of flint stone and fireplace.
The attack in mouth is fresh and balanced with a fleshy and unctuous texture. The wine is a subtle balance between maturity and freshness: the maturity from the concentration, the impressive unctuosity and sugarity and the beautiful structure of long and classy tannins; the freshness from the tension, the dynamism and the
aroma sparkle. The whole defines very well this wine, already reachable, fresh, harmonious and very elegant. This long mouth gives way to a fresh very bordelaise finale, a red fruit explosion. The aromatic is very close to that of the nose, characterised by the freshness with crunchy red fruits, spices notes of liquorice, dry herbs and empyreumatic notes of fireplace and flint stone.