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Château Smith Haut Lafitte le Petit Haut Lafitte 2010

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Designed during the blending of Smith Haut Lafitte, the wines of Le Petit Haut Lafitte are vinified and aged with the same care as the batches that will become the first wine of the Château.

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Château Smith Haut-lafitte:
HISTORY: The estate is located in a single block on a gravelly rise; 55 of the 72 hectares are planted with vines. The soil, consisting of gravel dating from the Gunz (or Nebraskan glacial) period, has two unique features. The first is superb natural drainage which forces the vine roots to sink more than six metres into the soil to seek nourishment in the form of water and mineral salts. The se... Read more
HISTORY: The estate is located in a single block on a gravelly rise; 55 of the 72 hectares are planted with vines. The soil, consisting of gravel dating from the Gunz (or Nebraskan glacial) period, has two unique features. The first is superb natural drainage which forces the vine roots to sink more than six metres into the soil to seek nourishment in the form of water and mineral salts. The second is the "mirror effect", of the topsoil, whose pebbles reflect the sun's rays, helping the grapes to ripen beautifully. The noble Bosq family started growing grapes here as early as 1365. The property was purchased in the 18th century by Scotsman George Smith, who gave the estate its present name. He also built the manor house and exported his – by now famous – wine to England on his own ships. Monsieur Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux and an enthusiastic winegrower, inherited Château Smith Haut Lafitte from his mother in 1842 and brought the wine up to great growth status. Impressed by Smith Haut Lafitte's excellent quality, the Louis Eschenauer company distributed the wine all over the world as of the early 20th century, deciding to buy the estate in 1958. Since the Eschenaueur period came to an end, a great deal of money has been invested in the estate, notably in the construction of a superb underground cellar holding over 2,000 barrels. In 1990, Daniel Cathiard fell in love with the property and joined the list of prestigious owners, firmly intending to further enhance Smith Haut Lafitte's tradition of excellence. He combined the most modern winemaking techniques and age-old traditional methods: organic compost, return to small wooden vats, ageing on the lees in barrel, etc. Famous around the world for its wonderfully elegant red wine and the sophisticated bouquet of its white, Smith Haut Lafitte undoubtedly deserves the special care that is lavished on it. OWNERS: Daniel Cathiard is perhaps best known as a former ski champion – he was a member of the French Olympic team with Jean-Claude Killy from 1965 to 1968. After his father's death in 1970, Daniel found himself running the family's small supermarket chain. Within 20 years, he had transformed it into the tenth largest mass distribution company in France. At the same time, he launched and developed a chain of sporting goods shops - Go Sport - in France, Belgium, Spain, and California. His met his wife Florence while on the ski team in 1965. She worked with him managing Genty and Go Sport for ten years before launching her own advertising firm, later becoming Vice President of McCann Europe in 1985. In 1990, Daniel and Florence sold all their business interests to buy Château Smith Haut Lafitte. After two years of massive renovations of both the winery buildings and the 18th century manor house, they moved into the château. They live there all year round in order to devote themselves to their life's work – making great red and white wines at Smith Haut Lafitte. Read less
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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

Another phenomenal wine from the Cathiards, this rich 2010 exhibits lemon custard, melon, tropical fruit and a touch of smoky oak. It should last 20+ years. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

This crackles with thyme and savory notes offsetting the powerful core of lemon curd white peach and fennel. The long pure finish has a stony thread and extra waves of fruit and herb. Drink now through 2019. -JM Wine Spectator.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/16/2011

2010: A qualitative home run, right up there with the profound 2005 and more opulent 2009, Smith-Haut-Lafitte has turned in a remarkable performance in this vintage, but then again, so have many other chateaux. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/03/2013

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot formed the assemblage. Deeply colored and filled with smoke, cassis, jam and licorice coated dark berry aromas, this rich, juicy, concentrated wine ends with a long... Jeff Leve. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 6000ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/16/2011

This is even better than the 2007, which was great. I love the racy and complexity to this young white with honey, apple pie, tropical fruits and hints of vanilla cream. It's full and very rich yet balanced and structured. Lovely backbone of bright a... James Suckling. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

90% sauvignon blanc 5% sauvignon gris and 5% semillon. Aged in 50% new French oak.Pale gold hue.Aromas of salted Irish butter and buttered popcorn lead into mango fruit notes. The popcorn notes carry through to the medium-to-full bodiedpalate where it picks up characteristics of almond beeswax and a briny minerality. The finish displays fresh pineapple that lasts close to a minute. Though thee acidity is cutting and bracing at the moment it will harmonize with another two years in the cellar


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/09/2013

A rich wine, full-bodied in character, the acidity hiding behind the ripe fruits. Concentrated and structured, the spice coming through to dominate. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 750ml


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