2018 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan P7 - 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. 

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.

BlendCabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 2 % 

The Very deep purple-black color is a little shy to begin. With coaxing, it very slowly unfurls to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of violets, red roses, kirsch, black cherries and redcurrant jelly, before giving way to a profound core of warm blackcurrants, blackberry preserves, molten licorice and cinnamon stick with nuances of dried mint, orange blossoms (yes!) and cloves. 

The fruit does veritable pirouettes on your palate, both elegant and powerful in its expression, coating the mouth with densely packed red and black fruits while revealing tones of mineral, floral and savory sparks, framed by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long.

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