Smith Haut Lafitte
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.
Smith Haut Lafitte
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. The Cathiard family has restored the reputation of this 55 hectare property. This has been at the cost of considerable investments in the wine houses, but they have also set up a luxury hotel, a Michelin star restaurant and a wine-therapy institute. Recent vintages show excellent potential and the whole domaine has enjoyed spectacular progress over the last ten years.
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2003 Red Graves Bordeaux France
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. The perfect elegance, excellent balance
and fine structure of Smith Haut Lafitte's red and white wines are fully
worthy of the current owners' total commitment to quality.
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