2011 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan Bordeaux Red

St Barth’s Wine

In the 14th century, Verrier du Dubosc signed the first recorded deeds for this estate including a few vines. George Smith, a Scottish wine merchant, acquired the property in the mid-18th century and named it after himself. Lodi Martin Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux and signer of the official 1855 classification, acquired the estate in 1842 and brought it up to Grand Cru Exceptionnel level. 3 branches representing George Smith’s 3 children. Fleurs-de-lis symbolizing the Verrier du Bosq family who founded the vineyard. A crescent is emblematic of the Port of Bordeaux: the “Port of the Moon”. Florence and Daniel Cathiard fell in love with Château Smith Haut Lafitte in 1990 and acquired it with the firm intention of perpetuating the wine’s tradition of excellence. Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8 % Cabernet Franc, 1 % Petit Verdot 

Mathilde Thomas-Cathiard and her husband, Bertrand Thomas, founded the Caudalie company to make a range of exclusive beauty care products from grape seeds and vine cuttings that are sold all over the world.

Clear vibrant intense dark red color. The first nose unveils very refreshing notes of ripe red fruits (cherry, raspberry) and beautiful spicy notes. Swirling reveals the complexity of the nose still led by the fruits and were notes of dry herbs, licorice, cloves, star anise, smoke, fireplace and a hint of caramel complete the aroma palette. 

On the palate, the wine is well-balanced and displays good concentration, matter and maturity. The tannin structure is delicate but firm. The dynamism of this wine emerges from the velvet of the tannins, the ripeness of the fruit, the richness of the matter and the brightness and tension of the acidity. 

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