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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

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Address: 33650 Martillac, France
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+33 5 57 83 11 22
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, is both one of...

The Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, is both one of the oldest Bordeaux wine properties and one the most pioneering in its approach to the terroir, the quality of its wines and in its insatiable efforts to meet the connoisseurs' satisfaction. For 25 years now, Florence and Daniel Cathiard have inspired SHL a momentum toward nature called "Bio Precision". The quality of the red and white first and second wines grows constantly in the eyes of the national and international critics and the grand vin enthusiast witness it every day as the doors of the underground cellar, the new 100 % gravity operated vat room, the renovated cooperage and the positive energy Stealth Cellar are open all year long, upon appointment.

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Delightful morning in Paradise

We took the paradise tour as a group of 8 and had an excellent time. The hour+ long tour was conducted by the charming Alix Ounis.

Reviewed 26 April 2016
Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux, France
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

We took the paradise tour as a group of 8 and had an excellent time. The hour+ long tour was conducted by the charming Alix Ounis.

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Reviewed 1 April 2016

Well worth an hour of your holiday if you are staying at Caudalie. The tour is very informative and the wine tasting excellent. We were fortunate enough to be the only people attending the English speaking tour and got exceptional service from our guide. That the owner cares so much for the traditional methods and the impact on the environment... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

We stopped by the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte winery to take the tour, though we have traveled through more than 100 wineries in the past 10 years. We only thought we would see nothing new, but our guide showed us the excellent barrel maker, new cellars, excellent artwork and introduced us to Florence Cathiard who was so warm and welcoming,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

Went here for a wine tour, tasting and dinner. The tour was interesting, the wine was great and the meal was good, but we had much better at other wineries.

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Reviewed 7 October 2015

We did a great tour and tasting here and had a wonderful host. I would recommend doing this but not staying at the hotel or eating at the restaurant.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

Intriguing to see the inner workings of a major vineyard, with nearly 225 acres of vines. An immaculately maintained facility with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment - what a fabulous introduction to the art.

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Province of Naples, Italy
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

Excellent tour and immaculate facilities. The guide explained the history of the chateau as well as details about the wine making process that were unique. The only disappointment is that they do not ship wine, so I was unable to purchase any directly from them.

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fort lee , new jersey
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

Wonderful tour. Especially enjoyed the cooper making the barrels. Only a few coopers are employed in Bordeaux so it is worth the visit. Wines are delicious. Very nice hostess.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

While the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (SHL) may be off the beaten track, you certainly will have a great overall (Pessac Leognan) Bordeaux experience with a blessed family ownership of vineyard, spa and hotel. The restaurant is also very good and the staff are friendly and professional. Chateau SHL has its 100 point (Robert Parker) wine, but we were even... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 10 June 2015 via mobile

We experienced the $35 per person tour with Charles, a patient and well-informed young man. His English was good and we appreciated his tolerance of our poor or absent French. The three reds and one white with chocolates and fruit were a pleasant repast on a Wednesday afternoon. If you don't mind the high tasting fee, you'll have an educational... More 

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