Château Smith Haut Lafitte 'Les Hauts de Smith', Pessac-Leognan, France 2016
The Cathiard family purchased this historic property in 1990, and ever since the quality of the wine has continued to increase dramatically. The grapes undergo a rigorous sorting in the vineyard and the cellar. Not only that, but 2016 is a lovely vintage for this property & Bordeaux in general. The wine is laden with dark berry fruits, cigar box, & present but refined tannin.
Pairing: braised beef and/or veal, hearty stews.
Grapes: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot,
Soil: gravel with quartz
Viticulture: Organic with some biodynamic practices.