2000 Smith Haut Lafitte


At seventeen years of age, the 2000 Smith Haut Lafitte is in a gorgeous spot. A dense, powerful wine, the 2000 offers notable depth and textural richness. Game, smoke, tobacco, licorice and leather give the 2000 notable aromatic breadth and expansiveness to play off the generous fruit. The toast and torrefaction notes are typical of the heavily extracted style favored during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Today’s wines are made in a new facility outfitted with smaller fermentation tanks that allow for harvesting smaller picks with greater precision than in the past. Winemaking has moved away from heavy extractions to a much gentler approach. Even so, the 2000 has aged gracefully and is ready to deliver maximum pleasure. It should drink well for another decade or so. 94/Drink 2017-2027