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Aug 2, 2011 10:44 AM

Smith Haut Lafite White Bordeaux 2001- If this is wine, what have I been drinking?

If I can get my foot out of my mouth, WOW! So this is what real wine is! It is like a parfait of flavour I know that I cannot drink this level of wine often but WOW. A freind with a large cellar gave me this bottle reading some of my posts here and thought to shut me up,or give me perspective. How do you get melon and pineapple in a glass of golden nectar.

I will not spend the kind of money that this bottle costs but I begin to see why one would. Did I say WOW?!

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  1. The 2007 Smith-Haut-Laffite (two "f's") is widely available in the $55 or less range. Not inexpensive, but long been a favorite of mine . . .

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    1. re: zin1953

      How's the 2006? I see I can pick that up semi-locally for $60.

      The 2007 is $99 and according to Wine Searcher is only available at exactly one location in the U.S.

      I could also pick up the 2005 locally for $100.

      Which would you recommend between the 2005 and 2006? Or should I just wait for the 2008's to arrive?

    2. Yes, this wine is a favorite of mine. Several mentions of it here on the Wine Board, most memorably here:

      1. Do you guys share the same enthusiasm for Smith Haut Lafitte rouge? Tried the rouge a few years back on release. Maybe the 2001 or 2003? I didn't really like it/appreciate it.

        Do those that like the blanc also like the rouge just as much?

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        1. re: Porthos

          This is an estate that has had its ups-and-downs over time. I haven't had the reds in several years. I thought the 1960s were good; in the 1970s, they slid downhill. Don't know how they are now . . . sorry.

          1. re: Porthos

            The Cathiards purchased the estate in the early 1990's and the wines have improved considerably during their tenure. They were priced below their worth through the vintages of the 90s until the word of the upswing found wider market acceptance and I bought during that period. I have a preference for the whites, but am always happy to taste the reds when I have the opportunity.

          2. While it won't be at the level of S-H-L, Grocery Outlet had a couple vintages of Ch. La Louviere's blanc in the $20-25 range in the Redwood City store. I didn't try one, but you might find it worthwhile. And remember, you can take back any bottles you open that are over the hill during the stated return period.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanx, Melanie
              I'll check that out.