>> Friday, 26 August 2011
Vineyard. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Château Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the so-called classed growth wineries in Pessac-Leognan in the Graves district of Bordeaux. It is, as you can guess, on gravely soil. In the mid-90s the chateau was bought by the Cathiard family (Daniel and Florence) who still runs it. It is one of the most commercially astute and inventive chateaux in the area. The have built a luxurious hotel and spa in the vineyards, called Les Sources de Caudalie. It has two restaurants and a spa and well-being centre where you can get all sorts of health, skin and beauty treatments using products based on wine making by-products, e.g. skin cream made from grape pips or take a bath in a wine-filled hot-tub.
The vineyard is virtually all in one big square plot around the winery. It covers some 45 hectares planted with merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. They also make some white wine made from sauvignon blanc, sauvignon gris and sémillon. There's a second label called Les Hauts de Smith.
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Bordeaux Graves Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson