Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac Leognan - Graves Cru Classé

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  • 98 - 99
  • 94 - 96
  • Description

    A fantasic fine wine from the Pessac-Léognan appellation which is known far and wide thanks to the work of the Cathiard family. Smith Haut Lafitte is the result of vinifying whole grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot din small wooden vats. The wine is aged for 18 months in wooden barrels with the proportion of new wood coming to 60%.

    The dark cuvée develops a massive palate, smooth and sweet, with long-lasting, complex flavours (liquorice, tabacco, cacoa, fruts and sweet spices).

    Wine Advocate : “The 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte is a brilliant wine, revealing a complex, elegantly oaky bouquet of dark wild berries, mulberries, blueberries, flowers and spices. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and rich, it has a fleshy core of fruit with good concentration and refined, structured tannins that segues into a long, penetrating and mineral finish. Crafted with an unprecedented majority of Cabernet Sauvignon—due to mildew affecting the Merlot—this Smith Haut Lafitte highlights a distinctly Cabernet-driven texture that authentically reflects its terroir despite a slightly more structured character. This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, matured in 60% new oak barrels, represents one-third of the entire crop.”

    James Suckling : “Probably one of the most structured and stony SHLs I have ever had. Full yet very tight and compact palate with tannins that are like a tightly wound ball of silk. It goes on for a very long time. The cab berries were very small and they delivered a fantastic backbone of tannins, but at the same time intensity of vivid and reserved fruit. This is really long and classic in structure. The elevage in barrel will polish the fantastic, pure tannins. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 23% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes.”

    Additional information




    Pessac Leognan


    Graves Cru Classé




    Wooden case of 1 double magnum (3000 ml), Wooden case of 3 bottles (750 ml), Wooden case of 3 magnums (1500 ml), Wooden case of 6 bottles (750 ml)





    James Suckling

    98 – 99

    Wine Advocate

    94 – 96

    Le Figaro