Beyond the 100pt Smith Haut Lafitte...
As a Bordeaux fan you most likely know the wines of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte extremely well. One of the great estates of Pessac-Leognan, Smith Haut Lafitte, was a property that was known for producing exceptional wines at very affordable prices.
Yet over the years as the average price of Bordeaux has risen, so has the prices of Smith Haut Lafitte. The wine is still much more reasonable than many of its peers and the quality at this wonderful chateau is constantly on the rise. The work in the vineyards and in the cellar have fully come to fruition with the 2009 vintage which Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate awarded 100 points. A perfect score!
When that news broke any remaining Smith Haut Lafitte disappeared in a flash. Now people are clamoring for the estates new second wine whose first vintage is 2009. However, we wanted to remind everyone of the little sister property that many tend to overlook.
Chateau Cantelys is owned by the Cathiards and their team at Smith Haut Lafitte are in charge of this estate as well. The same care and attention to detail is paid to this little Pessac property which has turned out some lovely wines over the years. The 2009 appears to be their finest vintage to date at Cantelys with the wine garnering an excellent 93 point review from James Suckling.
Rather than trying to chase down a second wine of the 100 pointer we think it is best to go with the estates sister property. The quality is here, the price is virtually the same as the second wine and this clearly is a good value buy when it comes to Bordeaux.