B-21 Top Recommendation
The dynamic Bordeaux team of Florence and Daniel Cathiard, owners of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, purchased neighboring Chateau Cantelys in 1994. The Cathiards do have a magic touch, and not just with wine. A visit to Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is indeed thrilling, but why not stay the night? Yes indeed, the Cathiards own the The Caudalie Hotel & Spa with Chateau and vineyard views. The family has turned Caudalie into a global luxury brand of health and beauty supplies based on wine and vine products. Just down the street serious investment followed at Cantelys, replanting the vineyard, and renovation of the Chateau. Further, to avoid the threat of frost, wind machines were installed protect the new vines. The Cathiards planted Chateau Cantelys to 45% Cabernet and 45% Merlot, balance to Cabernet Franc, on gravel and clay, typical of Pessac. What is most impressive, Cantelys is made at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte by the extraordinary wine team there. The wine is solid, production is minuscule, and a most reasonable bargain. Yet another Cathiard success story.