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Grand cru - Pessac-Léognan
Unique compared to most of the great Bordeaux vineyards, Smith Haut Lafitte is subdivided into 140 small plots. The best part of the vineyard is located in the centre, on the gravelly plateau of Smith Haut Lafitte, whose maximum altitude is 40 metres.
- Cabernet Sauvignon 55%
- Merlot 35%
- Cabernet Franc 9%
- Petit Verdot 1%
For the red grapes, the terroir is made up of deep gravel with the upper surface covered with small quartz pebbles. Below, there is sand and limestone in their soil, with gentle slopes.
For Smith Haut Lafitte's Bordeaux white wine, they have 11 hectares planted as follows:
- Sauvignon Blanc 90%
- Sauvignon Gris 5%
- Semillon 5%
The white grapes are planted just behind the château and to the north. There you will find more clay and limestone in the soil for white wine grapes. The microclimate for these grapes is a little cooler.
The vines are on average 38 years old for both grape varieties.
At Smith Haut Lafitte, all work in the vineyard is organic and self-sufficient. In fact, a large part of the farming techniques employed are based on biodynamic farming techniques. Fabien Teitgen, technical director of all Cathiard properties is an integral part of the success of their estate. Michel Rolland and Stéphane Derenoncourt, consultants, also have something to do with this success.
For the vinification of the red wine of Smith Haut Lafitte, after sorting and cold pre-fermentation maceration, the grapes are fermented as whole berries in 30 large temperature-controlled oak vats with a capacity ranging from 60 hectolitres to 100 hectolitres. Smith Haut Lafitte's Bordeaux red wine is aged on lees for the first few months of maturation in 60% to 70% new French oak barrels on average for 16 to 18 months.
In order to produce Smith Haut Lafitte's white wine, the grapes are whole berries fermented using a pneumatic press. The vinification is done in French oak barrels. The wines are aged on fine lees for 12 months with stirring. Smith Haut Lafitte's Bordeaux white wine is aged in 50% new French oak barrels for an average of 12 months before bottling.
Château Smith Haut Lafitte produces 2 second wines for their red wine. "Les Hauts de Smith" is made from an average blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. "Le Petit Haut Lafitte" is made from an average blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot.
The best vintages of Château Smith Haut Lafitte red: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2000
The best vintages of Smith Haut Lafitte white: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005.
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