Thank to a dry 2009 summer, with sunny days and chilly nights, and thank to precise winemaking tasks, the Château Smith Haut Laffite produces this year a perfect vintage.
The nose of this classified grand cru is refined with spices and resinous. In the mouth, aroma of red fruits on well-integrated tannin makes this wine very enjoyable and voluptuous.
The story starts in 1365, when the domain was founded under the name Haut Lafitte. It is then bought out by a Scotish man, George Smith in the 18th century who renamed it Smith Haut Lafitte. In 1842, the mayor of Bordeaux inherits the castle, and in 1953, the wine is officially classified grand cru of Graves. In 1958, the Louis Eschenauer House acquires the property and undertakes important modifications, inclunding the construction of an underground cellar.
In 1990, Daniel Cathiard, former ski champion and lover of good Bordeaux wine, is remembering that his grand-father had started his professional life as a wine merchant. So, he is taking up/renewing with this familial tradition by buying the Château Smith Haut-Laffite with his wife, Florence.
Their 2009 grapes has,in particular, been awarded by a perfect grade of 100/100 for their red Smith Haut Lafitte, by the American Robert Parker, famous wine taster.
Cavissima, wine cellar online concept
Feeling like buying wine on the the internet or investing in primeur wines ? Since 2010, the Cavissima website (French language) proposes to buy French wine before its bottling. In order to make profits rapidly, castles/vineyards are selling a certain amount of low-price wines. Come then reviews and tasting grades, if they are good, demand is increasing and the wine price is rising. Return on investment can then becomes interesting. Sommelier John Euvrard indicates for each wine the Best After/Best Before, so the client knows precisely when to consume it, and thus, have them delivered.
Martin Moulin, June 2012
Translation : Gautier Delavaud
Photos credit : Château Haut Laffitte