Smith-Haut-Lafitte was bought by the Cathiard family in 1990, its prestigious history dates back to 1365 when the first vines were planted. Full of character, the chateau has a world class spa specialising in vinotherapie. Unlike many in Bordeaux the estate produces excellent white and red wines from their handpicked grapes.
92-93 James Suckling
A firm and focused young red with full body, firm and silky textured tannins and a bright and fresh finish. Persistent and precise. Second wine of Smith Haut-Lafitte.
The 2015 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. It has an intriguing bouquet, touches of shellfish, an estuarine element infiltrating the lifted black fruit, the new oak (20%) cunningly disguised. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is more breeding here than the Les Hauts de Smith, more precision and mineralité conveyed by the finish. A well-crafted Pessac-Léognan, give this a couple of years in bottle and you will have a lovely wine on your hands.
The 2015 Le Petit Haut Lafitte is a serious second wine built around a core of Cabernet Sauvignon. As such, it is a bit more representative of site than the Hauts de Smith. A blast of dark stone fruit, leather, scorched earth, gravel and savory herbs makes a strong first impression. All the signatures of the estate come through nicely in this powerful, brooding second wine from Smith Haut Lafitte. Far from an easygoing second wine, the 2015 has enough depth and structure to drink well for a number of years. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.