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Chateau SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Pessac-Leognan 2018

Wine Region: Bordeaux - France

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Tasting notes: This wine has a dark red, almost black colour. The nose is redolent of fresh fruit (raspberries, cherries, strawberries) and, after swirling in the glass, more complex notes of spice, dried herbs, fennel, and a slight floral nuance. The wine is straightforward and well-balanced on the palate, with good concentration and plenty of volumes. Despite a substantial quantity of tannin, it remains smooth and rich, with an excellent balance between substance, density and freshness. The texture is delicate and precise. The finish is very long and complex with fresh red fruit, liquorice and cinnamon, as well as more terroir-induced notes of smoke and flint.

About the winery:
Located in the heart of the appellation of Pessac-Leognan Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the oldest Chateau in Bordeaux, dating to 1365. Ski champions Daniel and Florence Cathiard purchased the iconic property in 1990, initiating a period of investment and renewed passion. Of the chateau's 78 hectares of vines, 67 are dedicated to producing red wine (35% Merlot, 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc), and 11 to produce a predominately Sauvignon Blanc white. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte wines develop a vibrant expressiveness and complexity marked by perfectly ripe fruits.