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Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2020

Bordeaux - Cru classePessac-Leognan - Red
Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2020
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    Smith Haut Lafitte reveals a structured and aromatic red wine from Pessac-Leognan

    The estate

    Located in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation and dating back to 1365Château 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 Chateau 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.

    The vineyard

    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 vintage

    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

    Following the harvest, the grapes were destemmed and then sorted before vatting by gravity and a partial vinification in truncated oak vats with gentle extraction by regular punch-downs. Fermentation was carried out with indigenous yeasts, and was followed by 18 months of ageing in barrels from the estate's in-house cooperage.

    The blend

    The Château Smith Haut Laffite 2020 was made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (1%).

    The tasting

    Colour

    The colour is dark red, with bluish reflections.

    Nose

    The expressive nose gradually reveals fruity notes (red fruits, black fruits), empyreumatic notes as well as aromas of liquorice and pencil lead.

    Palate

    Powerful on the attack, the palate seduces with its smoothness, texture, balance and freshness. The firm tannins lend a great persistence and enveloping texture to this wine, which is marked by notes of sweet spices, liquorice, tobacco leaf and graphite.

    Parker : 98-100 / 100
    J. Robinson : 17+ / 20
    BordeauxPessac-Leognan
    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot

    Bettane & Desseauve
    96-96

    Decanter
    97

    J. Robinson
    17+

    J. Suckling
    99-100

    Revue du Vin de France
    94-95

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    95-97

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Graves

    Area
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Pessac-Leognan

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Château Smith Haut Lafitte

    Classification
    Cru classe

    Parker
    98-100

    Allergens
    Contains sulphites

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