A great white wine from Pessac-Léognan, which is marked by a magnificent aromatic expression and a creamy, rich texture. More info
11 hectares of Günz sands and gravels are set aside for white wine production, 90% of which is Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon. The white wines, like the reds, have recently shown year-on-year improvement. The woodiness has become less prominent, making the wine more precise. The grapes are generally harvested very ripe, but the predominance of Sauvignon has allowed the wine to retain considerable acidity, showing the wine's balance. The bouquet typically produces aromas of exotic fruit, citrus and white flowers. The palate is full-bodied; the wine's superb richness combines with great definition, held in balance by its acidity. A white Pessac which ages very gracefully; the very peak of the appellation.
Although wine has been produced here since the mid-14th century, the story of Château Smith Haut Lafitte began in earnest in the 18th century with Georges Smith, its founder. As for the Lafitte part of the name, it comes from the Latin ficta (stone), which became fitte in the Gascon dialect, referring to a gravel hilltop of the type the vines are planted on. Given the superb quality of the production, Georges Smith decided to export it to Britain to satisfy the growing demand for the New French Claret. After a number of changes of ownership over the following two centuries, accompanied by a certain decline in quality, new life was breathed into the wine when the Cathiard family took over the domaine in 1990. And a mere year later, connoisseurs were reporting that Smith Haut Lafitte had rediscovered its former splendour; most of whom were foreign buyers, given that the owners continue to favour the export channel so dear to the estate's founder. The domaine's vineyards cover 56 hectares, 45 of which are devoted to the production of red wine. In its quest for excellence, the château now has its own cooperage, giving it control over the barrel manufacturing process. With the same aim in mind, the estate's on-site weather station enables it to predict the effects of bad weather on the vines. The château has become a pioneer in Bordeaux luxury wine tourism. The Cathiard family is also responsible for creating the Caudalie brand.
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