60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
The 2019 Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte is fabulous. Rich, powerful and vibrant, Le Petit packs a serious punch. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine. Black cherry, plum, new leather, licorice, mocha and dried herbs build as this effusive, generous wine shows off its racy, alluring personality. I loved it. (2/28/2022)
Beautiful depth, density and complexity, and a lovely spice, along with softer touches of floral aromatics. Successfully holds juice and tension through the palate. A clear feeling of family relation to its bigger sibling, Smith Haut Lafitte. Drinking Window 2021 – 2034 (1/12/2021)
One of two second white wines from this top estate, this has a ripe pineapple and apple character that is enhanced by wood aging. Rich and full in the mouth, it is spicy and likely to be ready from 2022. Roger Voss
Cigar box, cedar, flowers, blackberry, currants, licorice, vanilla and dark cherry aromatics create the nose. On the palate, the wine is round,, soft, polished and fresh with good sweetness to the fruits, concentration and a finish loaded with cocoa, cherries, licorice, spice and espresso. This is a top vintage for Le Petit Haut Lafitte that will drink well for at least 12 years or more. (3/16/2021)
The nose is fruity, racy and offers minerality, a fine freshness as well as a good finesse of the grain. It reveals notes of fleshy/crunchy blackberry and small notes of fleshy strawberry associated with fine touches of violet / flowers, discreet hints of liquorice stick as well as a hint of raspberry and chocolate. The palate is beautifully juicy, gourmande, well-balanced and offers an acidulous / juicy frame, a beautiful suavity as well as a good finesse of the grain. On the palate this wine expresses notes of fleshy / juicy raspberry, fleshy / juicy cherry and small notes of fleshy / juicy blackberry associated with a touch of strawberry, racy minerality / flint, cocoa as well as a discreet hint of cardamom, tea and an imperceptible hint of vanilla. There is a touch of cocoa bitterness (pleasant!) on the finish.
Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and fresh herbs follow through to a full body with lots of ripe fruit and a long, flavorful finish… It shows structure and intensity. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. (2/23/2022)
Ripe and inviting, with waves of crushed plum, blackberry and black currant fruit coursing along, inlaid with a tarry spine and backed by anise, applewood and alder through the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2023 through 2033. (2/1/2021)
The 2018 Le Petit Haut Lafitte has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and expressive notions of crushed black plums, fresh blackberries and mulberries with wafts of dark chocolate, cinnamon stick, plus a waft of bouquet garni. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black fruits, framed by fine-grained tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing with an herbal lift. (3/31/2021)
The 2018 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a terrific second wine with a complex, nuanced style in its darker currant fruits as well as notes of cedar wood and truffle. With medium-bodied richness, supple, elegant tannin’s, and outstanding length, drink this charming, elegant, classic Graves over the coming decade. (3/16/2021)
The 2018 Le Petit Haut Lafitte has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and expressive notions of crushed black plums, fresh blackberries and mulberries with wafts of dark chocolate, cinnamon stick plus a waft of bouquet garni. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black fruits, framed by fine-grained tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.
The 2018 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is ripe and candied on the nose, offering a mixture of blue and blackberry fruit, raspberry coulis and violet scents, more seductive than the Le Petit Haut Lafitte. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, a fine bead of acidity and just the right amount of spice toward the nicely proportioned finish, which lingers in the mouth. I prefer this to the Les Hauts de Smith. (3/12/2021)
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