Château Smith Haut-lafitte - Le Petit 2012
Château Smith Haut-lafitte Le Petit 2012 (89 tsomw points)
A well known winery with a great history. Enjoy the weekend my friends.
In the glass a deep purple Burgundy color.
On the nose aromas of cherries, currants and strawberries with hints of pencil, spices and earth.
On the palate medium/full-bodied with great balance and nice tannins and a great long finish. Well integrated hints of barrique and tobacco with cherries and blueberries and smoky oak.
About the winery:
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte has a long history in Bordeaux that dates back over 800 years. The estate started out life as part of the Du Boscq holdings in the Graves region. It was Du Boscq who planted vines in 1365 on a gravelly plateau called Lafitte. This is of course where part of the famous chateau took its name from.
Jumping ahead a few hundred years, George Smith bought the Graves estate in 1720. Smith added his name to the property, which we now know of as Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.
The 78 hectare Pessac Leognan vineyard of Smith Haut Lafitte has 67 hectares planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot for the red wine.
For the white Bordeaux wine of Smith Haut Lafitte, they have 11 hectares planted to 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon. The white wine grapes are planted just behind the chateau and to the north. Here you find more clay and limestone in the soils for the white wine grapes.