Le Petit Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac Leognan, 2021

Produced by Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Wine Critic Scores:
Antonio Galloni 91-93
Georgina Hindle 92
James Suckling 91-92
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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Former Olympic skiers Daniel and Florence Cathiard transformed this property in the early 1990`s, and have been making decadent, modern, sexy wines here since then. The wines typically combine flavours of classic, earthy Graves and silky, seductive new oak. 67 hectares are under vine, and the estate produces a barrel fermented white wine made from Sauvignons Blanc and Gris, and a classic Bordeaux red Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, in varying ratios. While not officially organic, many of the estate`s practices operate under that philosophy. Expect aromatic, toasty, full-flavoured white wines and structured, deeply flavoured reds that appreciate medium-long term cellaring.

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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte


Undoubtedly the most well-known fine wine region on the planet, the French wine region of Bordeaux spans 120,000 hectares of vineyard and is demarcated by the Gironde Estuary and its two main tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne. The region is divided into the Left Bank, for vineyards located on the left bank of the Garonne River, and the Right Bank, for vineyards on the right bank of the Dordogne. Famous Left Bank appellations such as Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estephe and Margaux are well-known for their quality, but value is also found in Haut-Medoc and Moulis. The Right Bank is well known for Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, while the upcoming regions of Lalande-de-Pomerol and Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon should not be overlooked. Close to the city Sauternes and Barsac make some of the world's best sweet wines, while the appellations of Pessac-Leognan and Graves do a fine line in rich reds and full-bodied whites. Red Bordeaux wines are made from a blend of grapes, and the permitted varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and, less commonly, Malbec and Carmenere. Very broadly speaking, Right Bank wines will have a predominance of Merlot, while Left Bank wines will rely on Cabernet Sauvignon as the primary variety in a blend. White wines, both dry and sweet, are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.

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Pessac-Leognan & Graves

South of the city of Bordeaux, the region of Graves runs along the western bank of the Garonne River, through some of Bordeaux's most famous vineyards. The wines of Graves range from the esteemed red blends and powerful crisp whites of Pessac-Leognan to the unctuous celebrated sweet wines of Sauternes. The birthplace of Bordeaux's fine red wines, Graves comes with a reputation stretching back as far as the 13th century. The Graves AOC title can be used for both red and white wines while Graves Superieurs, Cerons, Barsac and Sauternes are all appellations that specialise in sweet wines. Defying its long history, Pessac-Leognan was only split out and given its individual appellation title in 1987, due to the consistently high quality of its wines. Its red wines, including those of first growth Chateau Haut-Brion, are some of the most highly prized in Bordeaux, while the white wines, made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon can be aged for many years and are complex, flavoursome and delicious.

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Bordeaux Red Blend

Red Bordeaux wines are most often made from a blend of grapes, officially Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere. The term is now used across the world to emulate the style of the famous blended wines of Bordeaux, and will be made in the same style in the majority of examples. When very broadly referring to Bordeaux wines, Left Bank wines will have a higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, while Right Bank wines use Merlot as the dominant partner in the blend.

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