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Lot Description: Château Smith Haut Lafitte Cru Classé de Graves 2009
Quantity: 1 Bottle
Label: 1 very slightly damaged label
Origin: Private individual
Type of price: -
Type of cellar: Classic underground cellar
Recoverable VAT: No
Original Wooden Case: No
The original wooden case will be shipped only if requested by the customer when placing the order. It will be subject to extra delivery fees. For lots with a value exceeding €1,000 (excluding transport but including buyer’s premium) the OWC will be automatically sent without any additional charge.
Information about the wine
Classification: Cru Classé de Graves
Producer/Owner: Famille Cathiard
Producer: 35000 bottles
Grape variety: 100% Sauvignon
Peak: Drink ideally by 2032
Service temperature (in °C): 11
Information about the producer
Viticulture: Environment friendly
Size (in ha): 11
Volume: 35000 bottles
Yield (in hl/ha): -
Intensity : Rich
Dominant aroma : Floral
Tasting occasion : Wine for ageing
Wines have been produced here since the mid 14th century, but the Château Smith Haut Lafitte was not properly established until the 18th century, by Georges Smith. The name "Lafitte" comes from the Latin "ficta" ("stone"), which in the Gascon dialect became "fitte" to describe a stony hill, like the wine on which the vineyard is planted. Given the superb quality of the production, Georges Smith decided to export it to England to satisfy the growing demand for the "New French Claret". After several changes of owner over the course of the following two centuries, and something of a decline in quality, the arrival of the Cathiard family in 1990 breathed new life into the wine. The new owners continued the founder's practice of exporting most of the production, and with the following vintage Smith Haut Lafitte regained, in the eyes of its still largely Anglo-Saxon clientele, all the splendour of its past. The property has 56 hectares of vines, 11 of which are devoted to the production of red wine. In an ongoing quest for excellence, the château now has its own barrel-making facilities, enabling it to control the manufacturing process of the barrels. Similarly, a weather station has been integrated into the vineyard to provide specialized forecasts. Although the estate is renowned for its reds, Smith Haut Lafitte's whites are just as good.*The above information describes the wine and is not vintage specific.
iDealwine Price corresponds to the hammer price and the buyer's premium charged by the auctioneer
98/100Wine Advocate (Parker/Martin)
18/20Bettane & Desseauve
Peak Drink ideally by 2032
Tasting notes - Extract
"this wine exhibits a sensational fragrance of buttered citrus, honeyed melons and a touch of grapefruit, lemon zest and orange rind. It also displays grapefruit on the attack and mid-palate as well as real opulence, terrific acidity and length." R. Parker (02/2012)
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Original wooden case
The original wooden case will be shipped only if requested by the customer when placing the order. It will be subject to extra delivery fees. For lots with a value exceeding 1,000 (excluding transport but including buyers premium) the OWC will be automatically sent without any additional charge.
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