Just returned after a five day visit to Bordeaux, with visits to four different wineries. All wonderful and unique, but this was our third chateau and last before ending our journey at Chateau Filhot in Sauternes. And I must say that Chateau Smith Haute Lafitte was a fantastic experience! We had the best tour around the cellars (which are impressing!) and production areas and a very good tasting. And I must compliment our guide! As we stood there enjoying our wine tasting, the owner Mr. Cahtiard, appeared in the room. He was showing some customers around. He asked us where we were from, and realising we were from Norway, he happily told us stories about his life as an olympic skier and his travels to Scandinavia. He then told us he would show us something special - pushed a button, and the oak floors suddenly opened up! He actually had a fantastic cellar underneath, jazz music was playing as we walked down the stairs, and there on the shelves were the most valuable vintages on the entire estate! From the first wine produced at the Chateau Smith (original name of the estate) up until the 2010. He continued telling stories about the cellar and the wines he had collected over the years since he bought the chateau, and this part of our tour - totally unexpected and very unique - just made our visit the most memorable of our entire wine tour of Bordeaux! They also have a great shop where you can buy lots of different accessories as well as some great wines. Great for shopping gifts for those back home who are not lucky enought to be visiting. And best thing - the chateaux is only steps away from the Sources de Caudalie and their wonderful restaurant La Table du Lavoir. Make sure you end your stay here! Would go back in a minute!
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