Smith Haut Lafitte’s philosophy

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Praise for the balance in life

Everything comes from the soil. At Château Smith Haut Lafitte, we do our utmost to respect nature and biodiversity, both in the vineyard and cellar.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte plants vines propagated from our own vineyards thanks to our vine nursery on Ile de Lalande. This island protected ecosystem enables us to maintain the vine’s genetic diversity, as well as the complexity of our wines.

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In Graves territory

Surrounded by forests, hedges, and hives, the 87 hectares, one block estate is standing alone as a green island.

Covered with Gravels « Graves Gunziennes », the vines are digging at more than 6 meters deep their resources, and the grapes benefit from the stones’ miror effect from the sun for a perfect ripening.

The soil gives the wines extraordinary caracteristics. Whites are subtly « smoked », reds are smooth and complex.

Between land and sky

We do all we can to enhance microbial life by using our own organic compost. We also protect the soil by planting hedges and trees, and installing beehives on the estate. In addition, we use horse-drawn carts to plough the white wine vineyard’s fragile slopes. Maintaining wooded areas and hedges not only embellishes the countryside, but also enhances the harmony we constantly seek with nature: “winegrowers are landscape architects”.

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