Le Petit Haut Lafitte, Pessac Léognan Bordeaux 2010

A good second wine from Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte which produces excellent wines by increasingly organic vineyard management and slow natural fermentation of the grapes to ageing the wine in their superb underground cellars. Le Petit Haut Lafitte is also vinified and aged with the same care as their grand vin.

The wine has a beautiful dark color, expressive black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, cedar, liquorice and cloves on the nose. Rich and concentrated with wonderful black-fruit, gingerbread and mineral flavors.    

Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 45% in the blend. 

Drink now-2020


AWARDS AND REVIEWS

91 points, Wine Spectator: Very engaging from the start, with a blast of boysenberry and blackberry fruit that grabs your attention, while notes of licorice snap, violet and black tea fill in the background. Open, pure and ready to drink now. Drink now through 2021.

  

THE WINERY

 
Château Smith Haut Lafitte is located in Pessac-Léognan, on the left bank of the Gironde River. During the 1959 Classification of the Graves it was classified as Grand Cru Classé, putting Smith Haut Lafitte wines above many others from the region in terms of their quality.
Grapes have been grown on the site since 1365. Since 1990, the property has been owned by Daniel Cathiard, an old Ski Olympic Champion.

THE REGION

Pessac-Léognan is a prestigious appellation recognized for its high-quality red and white wines. It lies immediately to the south of Bordeaux where all the finest vineyards are located.
Red wines are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. They are beautifully balanced with fine tannins and exhibits notes of tobacco, cassis, dark cherry and leather as well as some minerality. 
In general, wines are more fragrant and a little lighter in body than the finest wines of Haut-Medoc (immediate north of Bordeaux). Wines tend to mature more quickly, though not as quickly as the Merlot-dominated Pomerol or Saint-Emilion.
The region is also famous for its white wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.