Château Smith Haut-lafitte

+33 5 57 83 11 22 33650
Bordeaux-Martillac, 33650
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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 Read more »

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    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • La Petit Haut Lafite 2009


    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. Read More

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  • La Petit Haut Lafite 2009


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  • Les Hauts de Smith Rosé 2007


    This revered Pessac Cru Classé of the (mostly) maligned 2007 vintage emits smoke, French Roast Coffee, cedar, tobacco and cassis on the nose - quite inviting, actually; and the entry has a smooth maturity with light tannins and coffee-blackberry flavours dominating the palate and finish. Good finesse and elegance. Drink now for best results. ... Read More

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  •    I just posted almost all of my notes on Bordeaux 2012 on my ... of high quality, while the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2010 white proved its mettle yet again (I liked it from barrel, from bottle earlier this year) with quite ripe orange but also very good acidity.  After the salmon and oysters, we enjoyed some veal in cream sauce and I reall... Read More

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  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte le Petit Haut Lafitte 2010


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  • Les Hauts de Smith 2009


    Wunderbarer 2. Wein von Smith-Lafitte. Leider noch etwas jung. Dafür sehr süffig! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Hauts de Smith Blanc Graves Pessac Leognan Blancs 2008


    Sehr muskulös, typische vegetale Noten im Gaumen. Ab in den Keller! Read More

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  • La Petit Haut Lafite 2009


    Good dry Grave white vine Read More

    Wine review by Brian Hammond

  • La Petit Haut Lafite 2009


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

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • La Petit Haut Lafite 2009


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

    Wine review by mistersplice

  • Excellent welcome at the winery, even at vendange on september 20th. cellar workers hectic like umpa lumpas did not faze the winery guide who remained calm and informative throughout. Stay at the adjoining Sources de Caudalie for vinotherapies to recover from the tastings! 2006 red showed very well but was overshadowed by 2005 white. Inves...

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