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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2006

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• Yield: 30 hl/ha, before sub-dividing into 3 wines: Smith Haut Lafitte, Les Hauts de Smith, and Les Hauts de Maujan • Grape varieties: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 5% Cabernet franc 1% Petit Verdot • The grapes were fermented whole in wooden vats with periodic pigeage (punching down): 28-30° C • Ageing for 18 months in oak barrels (80% new oak, from our integrated cooperage) on the lees with one single racking, and then aged lot by lot. • Age of the vines: 38 years

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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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Member Reviews for Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.50 5
12/22/2008

Incredible concentration from the nose to the finish - beginning with a beautifully complex nose of almonds, peaches and minerals. There was a touch of intriguing funk which blew off shortly after opening. Rich and full bodied, good acidity and well balanced. Judicious use of oak, resulting in some nice spice on the finish. Enjoyed with Sarments du Medoc (mint chocolate sticks), but paired well after with greek salad. An early Christmas gift.


Snooth User: Brian Hammond
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4.00 5
06/26/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Château Smith Haut Lafitte Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan

External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Wine Spectator: Shows good berry and coffee bean character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish of licorice and berry. --James Suckling, 2007. Wine Advocate: The brilliant succession of red and white wines that has emerged from


External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
06/23/2010

Thanks to its 67 hectares of superb gravelly vineyards, Smith Haut Lafitte is often referred to as the "archetypal Graves". The estate's history goes back to the Crusades, and a Scottish navigator, George Smith, became owner of the estate in the 18th century. He was followed by M. Duffour- Dubergier,Mayor of Bordeaux, and then Louis Eschenauer, a famous wine shipper. In 1990 Daniel and Florence Cathiard also fell under the spell of this beautiful estate. Since then, they restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century manor house, built two underground cellars, went back to traditional vine growing methods without chemical herbicides and set up their own cooperage.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/28/2010

Gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate, cappuccino and berries lead to a full body, with luscious fruit and round tannins. Long and voluptuous for the vintage. Impressive. Best after 2014. 10,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte 6000ml


External Review
07/10/2010

An exuberant white Bordeaux that boasts an array of white fruits and honey. It is delightful on the palate, dry yet fat and full of rich textures that will appeal to the wine drinker looking for what we call a "big" white wine.


External Review
02/12/2011

Der Wein ist feinduftig, mit einem wunderschönem Cabernet-Parfüm.


External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

Another gorgeous white Graves from this vintage, this wine offers up notes of honeysuckle, lanolin, sweet citrus, and hints of orange peel as well as quince and white currants. It is medium to full-bodied, with fresh acidity, subtle nuances of smoky ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 750ml


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• Yield: 30 hl/ha, before sub-dividing into 3 wines: Smith Haut Lafitte, Les Hauts de Smith, and Les Hauts de Maujan • Grape varieties: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 5% Cabernet franc 1% Petit Verdot • The grapes were fermented whole in wooden vats with periodic pigeage (punching down): 28-30° C • Ageing for 18 months in oak barrels (80% new oak, from our integrated cooperage) on the lees with one single racking, and then aged lot by lot. • Age of the vines: 38 years

Dietary Information: Organic


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