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1996 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

ITEM 8293098 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Obtained by inheritance; Consignor is second owner

Bidder Amount Total
sisan $80 $80
$80
Item Sold Amount Date
I8293098 1 $80 Jun 26, 2022
I8261396 1 $81 Jun 12, 2022
I8233007 1 $81 May 22, 2022
I8184219 1 $87 Apr 17, 2022
I8184218 1 $85 Apr 17, 2022
I8167590 2 $85 Apr 10, 2022
I8167589 2 $85 Apr 10, 2022
I8167588 2 $91 Apr 10, 2022
I8167588 3 $90 Apr 10, 2022
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RATINGS

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...displays a beautiful presentation of blackberry and cassis fruit nicely dosed with subtle new oak. On the attack, the wine is sweet and pure, with striking symmetry, and a compellingly balanced mid-palate and finish...

PRODUCER

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte is a classified Grand Cru of the Pessac-Leognan appellation. Though it dates to the 14th century, it was an 18th-century owner from Scotland who gave the château its name, Smith. In 1990 the estate was purchased by Daniel Cathiard, a former French Olympic skier and heir to a French supermarket chain. With his wife Florence, a former international advertising executive, he runs the 170-acre estate. About 10,000 cases of red wine are produced each year, and 3,000 cases of white. The two second labels are Le Petit Haut-Lafitte and Les Hauts de Smith, both made with estate fruit. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “since its acquisition by the Cathiards, this property has become one of Bordeaux’s success stories, producing elegant, flavorful, complex, very complete wines.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

Pessac-Léognan was created in 1987 from the northern part of the left bank Graves appellation. Before then it was simply part of Graves, or sometimes it was called Haut-Graves. Unlike many other Bordeaux appellations, Pessac-Léognan is known for both red and dry white wines, although its reds are more famous. The appellation includes ten communes and the area’s most important châteaux, including Château Haut-Brion, the only non-Médoc estate included in the 1855 Bordeaux classification. There are 2,964 acres of vineyards in Pessac-Léognan and 16 classified growth estates. The main red grapes grown are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, along with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. White grapes grown are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with a little Muscadelle. Pessac-Léognan is considered to have the best terroir of the greater Graves region.