1962 Château Smith Haut Lafitte
39 Ratings
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39 Ratings
1962 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2006 Vintage) • Yield: 30 hl/ha, before sub-dividing into 3 wines: Smith Haut Lafitte, Les Hauts de Smith, and Les Hauts de Maujan • Grape varieties: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 5% Cabernet franc 1% Petit Verdot • The grapes were fermented whole in wooden vats with periodic pigeage (punching down): 28-30° C • Ageing for 18 months in oak barrels (80% new oak, from our integrated cooperage) on the lees with one single racking, and then aged lot by lot. • Age of the vines: 38 years

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Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 2007 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2010
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1990 Vintage) Rating: (85-86) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 81 on Jun-92
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 03/31/2009
  • Decanter
    (From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Fullish yellow, still a hint cloudy. Rather green Sauvignon nose, grassy and very herbaceous, much better on palate, where the fleshiness of ripe fruit shows through. Still, a good, not great, example, with quite a bit of oak to slow up the fruit. (Tasted
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04