Petit Haut Lafitte (2nd wine of Smith Haut Lafittte) 2015

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The 2015 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is another terrific wine from Smith Haut Lafitte. Here, Cabernet Sauvignon speaks with authority. Black cherry, leather, earth, licorice and grilled herbs are all laced together, but it is the wine's pure power and structure that stand out most. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2015 for at least a few years, as it is far from an easygoing second wine. (92+)

Score: 92

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2020-2035 01 February 2018

The 2015 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a serious second wine built around a core of Cabernet Sauvignon. As such, it is a bit more representative of site than the Hauts de Smith. A blast of dark stone fruit, leather, scorched earth, gravel and savory herbs makes a strong first impression. All the signatures of the estate come through nicely in this powerful, brooding second wine from Smith Haut Lafitte. Far from an easygoing second wine, the 2015 has enough depth and structure to drink well for a number of years. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

Score: 90 - 92

Antonio Galloni, 01 April 2016

A firm and focused young red with full body, firm and silky textured tannins and a bright and fresh finish. Persistent and precise. Second wine of Smith Haut-Lafitte.

Score: 92 - 93

James Suckling, 30 April 2016

The 2015 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. It has an intriguing bouquet, touches of shellfish, an estuarine element infiltrating the lifted black fruit, the new oak (20%) cunningly disguised. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is more breeding here than the Les Hauts de Smith, more precision and mineralité conveyed by the finish. A well-crafted Pessac-Léognan, give this a couple of years in bottle and you will have a lovely wine on your hands.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2032 28 April 2016

Very dark and lustrous. Very fine and polished. Lovely ripe fruit. Very healthy wine.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2022-2035 03 April 2016

Very sleek, with cassis and plum notes framed by singed alder hints. Offers a focused, medium-weight finish. Direct, but very well done.

Score: 89 - 92

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 01 April 2016