Cru Classé de Graves
Daniel & Florence Cathiard
Daniel & Florence Cathiard
Before the arrival of the Cathiard Family, Château Smith Haut Lafitte - though a Classified Growth of the Graves region - bore the nickname of Sleeping Beauty. Daniel and Florence Cathiard bought the estate in 1990, and since then, they have invested and renovated the Château so that it has regained its rightful leadership position. Château Smith Haut Lafitte produces elegant and very stylish wines either in red or white.

The Château’s history dates back to the Crusades. In the XVIIIth century the Scottish navigator George Smith settled here, and after him came a variety of owners including Louis Eschenauer, a great figure in the Bordeaux wine trade.
In 1990, Smith Haut Lafitte was bought by its present owners Florence and Daniel Cathiard, who have turned it into one of the rising stars of Bordeaux with its strong, elegant and well-made red and white wines.

The red Smith Haut Lafitte contains 55% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and 1% of Petit Verdot to give a big wine with a silky texture and lots of aromatic charm. Smith Haut Lafitte white is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon fermented in barrels, 50% of which are renewed each year, before maturing off the lees (on its own sediment).
Having raised the wine of Smith to the highest level of quality, Daniel and Florence Cathiard were not happy to leave it at that: they also restored the 16th-century tower, renovated the 18th-century chartreuse, refurbished two underground cellars and started up a cooperage on the premises.

Smith Haut Lafitte produces elegant, powerful and complete wines, of both the white and red varieties. The red Smith Haut Lafitte gives a big wine with a silky texture and lots of aromatic charm while the white wine is elegantly tasty, slightly woody, with fine citrus notes.

This classified growth of Pessac-Léognan owes its reputation as « the most Graves of Graves » to its superb terroir of Alpine glacial gravel in a single estate.