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Grand Cru Classe, 2007, France

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan,
Grand Cru Classe, 2007, France

Florence and Daniel Cathiard, former members of the French Olympic ski team, purchased the property in 1991. Smith Haut Lafitte had always been one the better properties in the Pessac Leognan region, and following massive investments in the vineyards and wine making Cathiards have elevated the quality to rank amongst the finest wines of Bordeaux.

The 2007 vintage is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is now 38 years old. The wine spends 18 months slowly ageing in oak barrels, to add extra depth and complexity. Smith is one of the few chateaux to actually make their own barrels.

This is a vintage that is approachable in its youth, showing characteristic blackcurrant and red cherry aromas. Robert Parker rated it 90-92 points.