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Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2018
Grand Cru Classé of Pessac-Leognan
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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.