2022 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte Les Hauts de Smith Bordeaux Rosé
The Château Smith Haut-Lafitte Les Hauts de Smith Bordeaux Rosé is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. This bordeaux rosé is made in very small quantities. This one from Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot, the first vinified as white by direct pressing, the second as red by "bleeding", Les Hauts de Smith Rosé 2022 offers a beautiful frame. This is where the color comes into play, the pink is reflected in a light and salmon shade and is accompanied by beautiful fruity aromas, strawberry and raspberry but also flowers. Dynamic, fresh, with a perfect balance between tension and vinosity, this intense rosé is perfect at the table. This wine is versatile enough to pair with spicier foods such as Thai and Indian cuisine, yet casual enough to pair with a burger or barbecue, fish or summer dishes, but also great to enjoy on its own.
ABOUT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE
Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a Grand Cru Classé property within the Pessac-Léognan appellation that needs little to no introduction. The wines from this estate captivate drinkers and critics alike, and the versatility of this remarkable terroir should be celebrated. It is one of the few estates in Bordeaux to produce excellent quality red, white and rosé wines. The property harbors a long history in Bordeaux dating back more than 800 years. It was initially part of the Du Bosq property in the Graves region. The Du Bosqs were the first to plant vines on the gravel plateau of Lafitte in 1365. The property was bought in 1720 by a man named George Smith, who named it after himself and thus Château Smith Haut Lafitte got its name. The property is currently owned by Daniel and Florence Cathiard. The Cathiards bought Château Smith Haut Lafitte in 1990, which is when the true story of this estate begins.
Prior to the Cathiards' involvement, Château Smith Haut Lafitte was not a well-known wine producer. The Cathiards bought Château Smith Haut Lafitte because they were intrigued by the vineyard's ability to produce both red and white wines. The Cathiards made a series of sweeping changes to the estate, ending the use of mechanical harvesting. Instead, they picked the fruit by hand. The Cathiards also invested a considerable amount of money in building their own cooperage, which enabled them to produce 70% of their own barrels. They have shifted farming practices towards sustainability, and the property is now considered a leader in that regard. As of 2020, they received a Robert Parker Green Emblem for sustainable viticultural practices. A blend of tradition and technological innovation governs the winemaking practices at Château Smith Haut Lafitte. It is one of the first properties to use Oenoview satellite imagery to find the optimal time to start harvesting in addition to using optical sorting technology.
The Cathiards have made the decision to employ Michel Rolland and Stephane Derenoncourt as consultants to oversee the vinification process in the state-of-the-art gravity flow cellars. There is plenty of experimentation in the barrel space, resulting in a dynamic and complex wine. The Les Hauts de Smith Rosé is an excellent, affordable wine that exceeds in quality. This Bordeaux rosé is slightly more fruity than its Provencal cousins, but that doesn't mean it isn't bone dry, with a pleasant thirst-quenching acidity. With a beautiful salmon color that shimmers in the glass, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is a delicious rosé perfect for warm summer evenings.
|Type of Wine
|Château Smith Haut-Lafitte
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
|Drinking as of
|Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible
|Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag