Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Le Château Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the must-have names in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, dubbed the "most Graves of Graves" due to the atypical nature of its terroir. Domaine was founded in 1365 and was then named Haut Lafitte for its geographical location. Read more
Then, when Georges Smith, a merchant of Scottish origin, acquired it in the 18th century, he added his name to it and built the Carthusian monastery we know today.
Grand Cru Classé in red in the Graves classification, Château has been owned since 1990 by Daniel and Florence Cathiard, who for several years have been committed to a bio-precision approach that combines innovation and traditional techniques in both vineyard and cellar. The wines are produced organically 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, 30% to 60% of which are new. Petit Haut Lafitte is the Second red wine.
- The white grape varieties are 90% Sauvignon blanc, 5% Sauvignon gris and 5% Sémillon. The grand vin blanc is aged for 12 to 15 months in French oak barrels, of which 30 to 60% are new. Petit Haut Lafitte is the Second white wine.
The Château Smith Haut Lafitte produces wines with a style all their own. The red wines are powerful, balanced and expressive on the nose and palate, while the white wines are elegant, unctuous and taut.