Smith-Haut-Lafitte Castle

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte. The perfect combination of water and wine with its wine estate Grand Cru Graves classé and the Caudalie Springs. The family estate’s vineyards are around the château, just a few steps away. It was in the eighteenth century that the Scotsman George Smith undertook the winemaking development of the estate and started exporting the wine to England. Smith-Haut-Laffite thus acquired a good reputation. Daniel Cathiard, an elite sportsman, and his wife Florence, fell in love with this prestigious estate and its subterranean wine stores. They acquired it in 1990 to make ‘marvelous local wines’ of which a Graves Grand Cru Classé AOC Pessac-Léognan. The vineyards, which crown the property, are dotted with works of art. A hare by the sculptor Barry Flanagan runs in between the vines, the Venus by Jim Dine emerges above the leaves. The Man by Mimmo Paladino takes pride of place in the courtyard. Visits every day by appointment with tasting, discovery of the vats, the subterranean wine store, the cooperage, the Orangery and the “Paradis” a cellar where the vintages are preserved. Tel.: +33 5 57 83 11 22