Moncharm | Château Smith Haut lafitte Rouge 2009
Possibly the best wine from the Smith Haut Lafitte estate, the vintage 2009 wine is an amazing and complex affair, that combines the powerful bouquet of blueberries, liquorice, and violets with a palate of sweet tannin, charcoal, black raspberries and flowers, which ends on a lingering rich note that will stay with you for a long time to come. It is perfect to be drunk now, and can age gracefully for upto 40 years.
The House Smith Haut Lafitte has an illustrious history of over 800 years, starting off as part of the Du Boscq holdings in the Graves region. It was bought out by George Smith in 1720, who added his name to the mix. Today, it is owned and managed by Daniel and Florence Cathiard, both Olympic athletes. It is one of the few Bordeaux wine estates that still produces both red and white wines.
The region takes its name from the unique blend of soils that consist of gravel and stone, below which, one can find layers of sand, hardpan and clay. Covered by pine trees, the Pessac Leognan and Graves region vines are thus protected from humidity and winds, and the higher temperatures ensure rich and complex wines for the ages.