Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2023



Varietal Blend
70% Cabernet Sauvignon
23% Merlot
6% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot

Alcohol by volume

Quantity produced

Size of the vineyard
80 ha

Average age of vines
38 years old

Grape varieties
60 % Cabernet Sauvignon
30 % Merlot
9 % Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot 

Soil type
Graves Günziennes

Vineyard skills
Organic farming, biodynamic agriculture

Yields in hls/ha (Grand Vin)

Gravity filling of whole berries after optical and manual sorting, gentle destemming (Dream), vinification at 28°C in small wooden conical vats, extraction carried out by manual punch-downs, vertical pressing.​ 
Maturing / Ageing : 18 months

Owner's words
The nose is very expressive with beautiful notes of red and black fruits, a lovely blend of Morello cherry, blueberry, and blackcurrant. After agitation, a spicy dimension becomes predominant with hints of cloves, licorice, and eucalyptus, then darker and empyreumatic notes appear with touches of graphite, pencil lead, and hearth. A superb aromatic complexity, highly marked by 'Graves soils'. The palate entry is crisp and direct with a nice density and superb texture. The wine is full, dense, with a beautiful balance of freshness. The tannic structure is present, ripe, with a very nice texture, a nice mouthfeel, and a velvety touch. The mouth entry is crisp and direct, with good density, a very nice texture, beautiful richness, then a long, expansive mouthfeel that stretches towards a soft, velvety, and very fresh finish. The mouth aromas echo those of the nose with a very beautiful complexity of red fruits, black fruits, spices, notes of tobacco leaves, eucalyptus, and always these characteristic notes of graphite and hearth from our Graves soils. A very nice vintage combining power and elegance in a refined tannic structure.