Located in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation and dating back to 1365, Château Smith Haut-Lafitte is one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux. This magnificent property of Grâces has entered a new era in its history, following its acquisition by Daniel and Florence Cathiard in 1990. The Cathiards manage Château Smith Haut Laffite with great passion and ambition, having elevated the property to the rank of the most beautiful properties of Graves with wines renowned worldwide for their class and style, both in red and in white.
With a superb location, the Château Smith Haut Laffite vineyard covers 78 hectares of vines, which are 40 years old on average. The château uses its own vine plants from a mother vine preserved in their nursery on the island of Lalande.
The 2020 vintage of the Château Smith Haut Laffite is housed in a new bottle bearing an illustration of the property through a very elegant gold engraving.
The mild, rainy winter favoured early bud break in early March. The rise in temperatures in April allowed the vines to grow. A rainy episode in early May triggered mildew pressure, which was subdued by the work of the vineyard teams. The development of the vine (flowering, veraison) was rapid and homogeneous. The summer conditions, marked by heat and drought, caused water stress at the end of July. The harvest, which began on August 20 for the whites and on September 9 for the reds, was among the earliest in the history of the property. The ripe red grapes produced were dense and consistent in quality. Small in size, the berries displayed a thick skin, rich in concentrated tannins and boasting a lovely aromatic freshness.
Vinification and ageing
The harvested grapes underwent direct pressing in an inert vessel. Fermentation was carried out in barrels from the estate's in-house cooperage, followed by ageing on lees for 12 months. The wine spent a further 2 to 3 months in vat after blending to perfect the texture before bottling.
The colour is pale yellow.
The expressive nose reveals notes of yellow fruits (peach, apricot), white flowers (acacias, orange blossom) and elegant citrus flavours.
Showing good balance and tension, the attack reveals a full body with a velvety texture. The persistent finish seduces with its acidity and minerality. The aromatic palette combines aromas of yellow fruits and floral fragrances with mineral, spicy and empyreumatic notes, the signs of a beautiful complexity and a great terroir.