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Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2022
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
The Château Smith Haut Lafitte is among the most unavoidable names in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, nicknamed the "most Graves of the Graves" by the atypical nature of its terroir. The Domaine was founded in 1365 and named Haut Lafitte at the time because of its geographical location. Then when Georges Smith, a merchant of Scottish origin, acquired it in the eighteenth century, he attached his name to it and built the chartreuse that we know today.
Grand Cru Classé in red in the Graves classification, Château has belonged since 1990 to Daniel and Florence Cathiard, who have been committed for several years to a bio-precision approach that combines innovation and traditional techniques in the vineyard as well as in the winery. The wines are made from an organic culture without chemical inputs, enriched with biodynamic methods that contribute to the expression of the terroir.
The Château Smith Haut Lafitte is based on a 78-hectare vineyard planted on an exceptional Pyrenean gravel hilltop.
- The red grape varieties are 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The grand vin is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, of which 30 to 60% are new. Petit Haut Lafitte is the Second red wine.
- The grape variety in white is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon. The great white wine is aged for 12 to 15 months in French oak barrels, of which 30 to 60% is new wood. Petit Haut Lafitte is the Second white wine.
The Château Smith Haut Lafitte produces wines of their own style. The red wines are powerful, balanced and expressive on the nose as well as the palate, while the white wines are elegant, smooth and taut.
Critics Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2022.
Description Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2022.
Tasting notes from Fabien Teitgen, Winemaker :
« Very dark, almost black in colour. Rather discreet on the nose to begin, with notes of red fruit and spices.
On swirling, the full potential of the nose is revealed, with red fruit (cherry, raspberry), black fruit (wild blackberry, blueberry), spices (liquorice, Zan sweets), notes of light tobacco, star anise...
The nose is very attractive, complex and deep, very typical of the Graves. Impressive on the palate, while remaining approachable.
It starts with a broad and smooth attack with plenty of energy followed by density and concentration on the mid-palate, with finely crafted tannins and a very soft texture, leading to a very long finish.
The balance is incredible thanks to the deep ripeness, great tannic richness, beautiful freshness and also its seductive softness.
The aromatic profile is confirmed with this superb complexity of fruit (blackberry, black cherry), spices (liquorice stick, Zan sweets, cinnamon), chalk, gun flint, along with more surprising notes of candied lemon and violet.»