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Chateau Smith Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2009

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2009 vintage white Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend Wine by Smith from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

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

Member Reviews for Chateau Smith Lafitte Pessac Leognan

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Snooth User: zufrieden
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4.00 5
10/17/2014

This deep, dark wonderful expression of northern Graves has a deep red colour (almost black) with a nose of evenly crushed blackberry... very elegant. On the palate, there is more Sauvignon heritage with warm, sweet cigar and Kirsch. As a second wine, unbelievable. 91 points.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
07/01/2012

Nicely approachable now and built to last well. 91 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


Snooth User: mistersplice
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3.50 5
05/20/2012

look = 7/10, smell = 14/20, taste = 11/20; total = 32/50

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Snooth User: Brian Hammond
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3.50 5
07/26/2012

Good dry Grave white vine


Snooth User: WineBlueBook
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0.00 5
03/22/2012

Average "Professional Critic" Score is 97 points. At $235, it is 19% of the average price for a similar scoring Bordeaux wine.


External Reviews for Chateau Smith Lafitte Pessac Leognan

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The finest wine ever made by proprietors Daniel and Florence Cathiard, the 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte exhibits an opaque blue/purple color in addition to a glorious nose of acacia flowers, licorice, charcoal, blueberries, black raspberries, lead pencil shavings and incense. This massive, extraordinarily rich, unctuously textured wine may be the most concentrated effort produced to date, although the 2000, 2005 and 2010 are nearly as prodigious. A gorgeous expression of Pessac-Leognan with sweet tannin, emerging charm and delicacy, and considerable power, depth, richness and authority, it should age effortlessly for 30andndash;40+ years. Bravo!


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/28/2014

Very dense and firm this has powerful tannins as well as a blackberry jam flavor. The wine is complex full of both dark tannins and the richest fruits layered with notes of herb spice and a concentrated structure. Wine Enthusiast.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/28/2014

Good bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of blueberry flowers graphite and charred nutty oak plus a sexy suggestion of floral white fruit. Like liquid silk on entry then concentrated and lush in the middle with red plum tobacco and mineral flavors given definition by lovely harmonious acidity. Utterly seamless wine with suave tannins. Voluminous and intense but not a powerhouse. Finishing flavors mount slowly and stain the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Conveys a beau


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Dark and lustrous. Intense with aromatic tea-leaf aromas. Very rich indeed. Lots of ripe fruit inside the frame. Lots of tannin. Dusty end but massively ripe on the finish. 18/20 Jancis Robinson.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

90% sauvignon blanc, 5% sauvignon gris, 5% semillon. Beautiful balance between the notes of crushed rocks and bright, rich tropical fruits. Round and rich on the palate, but showing vibrant, racy acidity that keeps the wine dry overall through the f... Alex Shaw. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 750ml


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/22/2012

This is really loaded, with crushed plum, blueberry, cassis, fig and blackberry paste flavors all melded together, along with notes of tar, pastis and violet. Very long and dark, but polished and pure, with terrific fruit offset by a great tug of earth on the finish. Should cruise easily in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2035.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/04/2014

90% sauvignon blanc 5% sauvignon gris 5% semillon. Beautiful balance between the notes of crushed rocks and bright rich tropical fruits. Round and rich on the palate but showing vibrant racy acidity that keeps the wine dry overall through the finish. In a warm vintage a definite accomplishment to achieve this level of acidity. Alex Shaw.


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