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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte – when fine art meets Parker’s best rated wines

Embark on a getaway that combines fine art and exceptional wines at one of the finest Graves vineyards - the Grand Cru wine Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.

As a lover of fine wine and art, experience a fascinating trip inside the world of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. Nestled amid 192 acres of vineyards in the Graves wine region, the Pessac-Leognan appellation, the wines produced by this Grand Cru Classé are just as remarkable as its terroir*.

After purchasing it in 1990, the owners, Daniel and Florence Cathiard renovated the estate making it a temple for ageing red and white wines of extraordinary character. During your visit to the vat room and ageing cellars, you’ll learn some of the secrets of Château Smith Haut Lafitte’s vinification method that make it possible to produce a Grand Cru Classé year after year.

Just as passionate about contemporary art, Mr. and Mrs. Cathiard will show you their astounding collection of art work, on display throughout their estate. So you’ll have an exclusive glimpse of their collection, while visiting the chateau’s 16th century tower, its underground ageing cellars where 1000 barrels are stored, its vineyards, as well as its cooperage.

Your rendezvous with this estate continues in the tasting room to test your taste buds. So take this opportunity to taste 4 exceptional wines and vintages: A 1990 Sauternes from Chateau Bastor Lamontagne, a 2000 Pomerol from Chateau Beauregard, a 2010 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte white wine rated 95/100 by Robert Parker, and finally, a 2009 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte red wine rated 100/100 by Robert Parker!

*A French term used to describe how a vineyard’s geography, soil, weather conditions and farming techniques can impart certain characteristics upon the grapes and wine that reflect the land.