2004 Les Haut De Smith
2nd wine of Smith-Haut Lafite - $20 (Wine Library)
Right from the get go this was
Color: Garnet dark ruby red. Though a tad cloudy, as sediment had not settled in the wine and it threw no sediment at the end of the bottle
Nose: Smokey, toasty oak, cherry, crème de cassis, and black berry and floral nuances.
Palate: Superb flavors of cherry, milk chocolate and crème de cassis integrate well with the sweet tannins. A touch of minerality on the finish. Great acidity too!
Background: Smith-Haut Lafite is a house reborn in the last 10 years by an American family that purchased the Chateaux with aims to revitalize and bolster quality. They have done so and their investment has paid dividends. Besides La Mission and Haut Brion, this is probably the 3rd best propeprty making wine in the past 5 vintages. The scores are there, the quality is there to back up the scores. Price? One of the best QPR (quality-to-price ratios) in