2014 Les Hauts de Smith Rouge 史密斯拉菲特酒莊副牌
Technical director, Fabien Teitgen, told me that he increased the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Les Hauts de Smith 2014, which is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. This was because he liked the texture of the Cabernet and the freshness. It has a clean and precise bouquet, quite stony and reserved with hints of cedar and sous bois infusing the stoic black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a keen line of acidity. The Cabernet component is clearly in the driver's seat, lending the finish more breeding than in previous vintages, more mineralité in fact. This is sold exclusively to restaurants and it will be well worth picking off the list. Superb!