Second wine of Smith Haut Lafitte, always overperforming. Petit Haut Lafitte is the one closest second wine to the Grand Vin with its higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon - 60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Merlot matured in 20% new oak. (Hauts de Smith is more merlot driven). As stated by Neal Martin on the review of this wine en primeur: "Do not ignore this little gem from Château Smith Haut-Lafitte, because it always punches above its weight.”
Ratings: 94 Antonio Galloni / 92 Neal Martin / 92 James Suckling / 91 Jeb Dunnuck / 90 Wine Spectator / 93-95 Wine Enthusiast / 91-93 Wine Advocate
The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a fabulous second wine from Smith Haut Lafitte. Inky blue/purplish berry fruit, lavender, menthol, licorice and cloves give the Petit Haut Lafitte its striking aromatic complexity.
Deep, resonant and exquisitely layered, the 2016 is a real joy to taste. I would cellar it for another year or two. The 2016 has enough depth and pedigree to develop beautifully for the next 10-15 years.
This has clear finesse to the fruit structure and firm tannins, which are a clear sign of the quality of the vintage. Cassis and blackberry dominate through the palate, with touches of cigar box and liquorice. It really holds on as the tannins take on definition, lifting up the fruit and the acidity right though the palate. 30-year-old vines now, a great second wine. Drinking Window 2022 - 2034
There are two second wines of the estate, one based on Cabernet Sauvignon and one based on Merlot. The 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is the Cabernet-dominated release and is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot brought up in 20% new oak. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, finesse-driven effort offers classic notes of tobacco leaf, cigar, graphite, and assorted dark fruits as well as a touch of minerality. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and impeccably balanced, it’s going to be better with 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.
The freshness and the currant aromas are very enticing. Blackberries, too. Full-bodied, very linear and crisp. Fine tannins. 60 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 40 per cent merlot. Better after 2021, but already very pretty.