Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan, 2019, 750ML

SKU: 888257
Sub region: Pessac Leognan
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Rating: Wine Advocate 96

Located in the Lef-Bank of the Garonne River in the Pessac Leognan appellation, the history of the Chateau dates back to the 14th century when Verrier du Bosq signed the first registration of planting a few row of vineyards in the property in a gravelly plateau named Lafitte.
In the mid 18th century George Smith a Scottish wine merchant acquired the property and name it after himself. In 1842 the Chateau change hands one more time and the Mayor of Bordeaux Lodi Martin Duffour-Dubergier acquires the property.
Duffour-Dubergier was also the official signer of the official 1855 classification, and during its administration Smith Haut Lafitte status was elevated to Grand Cru Exceptionnel.
The wine negociant Louis Eschenauer bought the estate in 1958, and sold it in 1990 to the Cathiard Family, the current owners of the Chateau. The extensive renovations of the cellars and vineyards took 3 years to be completed, and the results started to show in the wines after the 2000 vintage.
Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the few Chateaux that has their own cooperage and produce 70% of their barrels needs.
The estate farms 67 hectares of red grapes, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and 11 hectares of white grapes planted mainly with Sauvignon Blanc, and a small production of around 5% of Sauvignon Gris and Semillon.
In total the Chateau produces 6 wines, 2 grand vins (red and white), 2 second wines (Le Petit Haut Lafitte red and white) and 2 third wines (Les Hauts de Smith red and white).

Smith Haut Lafitte 2019
The grand vin red is made from 48 years old vines.
Vinification of whole berries. Vinification in small wooden vats at 28 ° C. Extraction by manual punch-downs.
The wine ages on the lees for 18 months in 60% new French oak barrels.
The 2019 vintage is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.