Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte

As early as 1365, the Bosq family started growing grapes in the Pessac-Léognan region. In the 18th century, Scotsman George Smith purchased the property and renamed it to what it is now, Chateau Smith-Haut Lafitte. In 1842, Duffour-Dubergier, the mayor of Bordeaux,  inherited the estate from his mother and transformed it into a Grand Cru. Nearly a century later, the Eschenauer Company purchased the estate, later inviting Daniel Cathiard to become an owner in 1990.

The chateau’s philosophy is to “do our utmost so that every vintage of our red and white wines reflects the full potential of our magnificent terroir.” The 2009 vintage showcases this potential through the efforts that span from organic vineyard management and slow natural fermentation of the grapes, to horse drawn ploughs in the vineyards. The 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot blend reveals a spectacular textural experience of cassis, black raspberry, violet, blueberry and licorice; beautifully integrated tannins leads to a polished, earthy and alluring finish. It is simply a magnificent example of what this year brought regarding the ripeness of both fruit and tannin. Cellar it for a few more years and cherish it in 2030. Patience is a virtue!

Rating: Outstanding (97) | $110 | 13.8% ABV