Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot - Bordeaux - Le Petit Haut Lafitte
In het glas donker, robijnrood met levendige aroma's van rood fruit, iets zoethout en vuursteen.
De wijn is elegant, rijk en heeft een mooie concentratie met veel donker fruit, zachte tannines, is mooi romig en heeft een afdronk met indrukwekkende lengte.
Wijn/spijs: gerechten met gegrild of gebakken rood vlees, wild met rijke sauzen, stoofpotten en gerijpte kazen.
- Druivenrassen: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot - vatrijping 14 maanden, 20% nieuw
- Wijnhuis: Smith Haut Lafitte
- Herkomst: Appellation Pessac Leognan Controlee
- Inhoud: 0,75L
- Alcohol: 13%
- Schenktemperatuur: 18-20 graden
- Productiewijze: biologisch zonder certificaat
De wijnmaker noteert:
Created during the blending process of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Le Petit Haut Lafitte is vinified and aged with the same care as the Grand Vin. From the vineyard to the cellar, all the production techniques are identical.
Yield: 25 hl/ha, before selection of the three wines: Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Le Petit Haut Lafitte and Les Hauts de Smith.
Blend 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon 40 % Merlot Vinification of whole berries in small wooden vats at 26-28°C for 4 to 6 weeks, extraction through pigeages and/or remontages.
Ageing 14 months in French oak barrels (20 % new) made at the Chateau onsite cooperage.
2013: year of climatic risks
After a quite gentle yet humid winter, the vine woke up on due date as budbreak happened from the 10th to the 12th of April.
The gloomy, cold and humid spring (April, May, June) strongly slowed down the vine cycle.
We were fortunately spared by the spring frost of the 27th of April. Flowering was late by 2 weeks and disturbed by weather conditions, generating millerandage and on few plots of Merlot some important coulure (flower abortion).
A beautiful sunny summer with cool nights unleashed a very favourable maturation phase for white grapes: coolness of nights preserving aromatic freshness and acidity. These positive weather conditions made up for most of the heterogeneity of flowering and induced a quick and homogeneous although late veraison from the 20th to the 22nd of August.
We harvested between the 1st and the 14th of October. Due to humid weather we had to be very responsive to pick up the different plots at the right time. We therefore mobilized the efforts of over 200 harvesters and our two grapes reception areas.
Comments by Fabien Teitgen, Technical Director Le Petit Haut Lafitte red 2013 offers a beautiful bright red colour.
The nose is very characteristic of the Graves wines with fresh red fruits, spices, dry herbs, toasted/grilled notes… The mouth is tense with a well-structured tannic backbone (thanks to the Cabernets). Of medium concentration, the wine possesses a delightful unctuousness and an attractive balance.
From 2017 on, it will please you with its freshness, its elegance and aromatic of red fruits, spices, star anise, licorice, flint stone. A lovely wine with a strong Graves personality!