The vines of Château Smith Haut Lafitte are planted in a single block on a Günz gravel plateau in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, producing six different wines.
Château Smith Haut Lafitte, a Graves Great Growth in both red and white, and our two second wines Les Hauts de Smith and Le Petit Haut Lafitte, also in red and white. Each has its own unique blend and distinctive aromatic profile.
« Ripe and seductive with a caressing wave of cassis, plum puree and blackberry compote flavors that hold sway throughout, but not without support from enticing savory, licorice, warm loam and mineral accents along the way. Cashmere finish lets everything sail on and on. Gorgeous. »
J. J. Molesworth, Wine Spectator, wine writer.
« The most remarkable Bordeaux I’ve tasted over the past 2 years. An incredible texture with a crystalline mouthfeel, transcending grape varieties, transcending the sensory hallmarks of white Bordeaux, this wine is nothing short of a metamorphosis. »
JM. Quarin, professional wine writer, about the 2015 vintage.
« Deep colour. Ripe, even creamy with lift and drive. Tannins finely honed. Dry, stony finish. Generally well balanced. »
James Lawther, wine writer at Jancisrobinson.com, about the 2019 vintage.
« The 2018 Petit Haut Lafitte white is complex with aromas of ripe stone fruit. A medium-bodied, phenolic texture. This is a well-controlled, balanced wine with a clear minerality. »
Fabien Teitgen, Technical Director of Château Smith Haut Lafitte
« Les Hauts de Smith offers ripe black plum and blackberry on the nose, hints of sous-bois in the background. The palate is very smooth and rounded on the entry.
This is a wine whose texture, even at this early juncture, is utterly seductive, building nicely to a sensual finish spiced up with cloves and cracked black pepper. This will be delicious. »
Neal Martin, about the 2019 vintage
« They have managed to get the Haut de Smith signature in this wine, and for me it is one of the most successful whites of the vintage in terms of accessibility and affordability.
It has so much personality, showing grilled apricots and concentrated, rich citrus, with rosemary and sage edging and a mineral lick on the finish. The acidity gives persistency and lift, but it feels tame and under control.
Harvested 24 August to 9 September, so at least 10 days earlier than usual. 50% new oak. An obvious buy for the vintage. »
Jane Anson, wine writer, Decanter, about the 2018 vintage.