A Grave Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2004
The previous bottle of 2004 tasted earlier in the year was full of toasty oak with brett complexity. The brett was a nice touch but too much for some. Also the mouth was laced with velvety tannins. Though obviously different vintages, the styling followed a similar taste profile for the 2003, with bottles gaining in their ‘brettiness’ as the year went on. The estate is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Mis au chateau by the Cathiard family, proprietaire a Martillac 13% $44.99 at Bottle Barn Smith Haut Lafitte

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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