28 Mar 2006

Smith Haut-Lafitte

Château Smith Haut-Lafitte '99
Pessac Leognan
[Approx £11.99, Vivinum, Corney & Barrow]

STILL SHOWING signs of a purple tinge at the rim and a touch brusque/damp on the nose with cedar, redcurrant and a posy of lavender, this is a gentle but highly structured food wine, so bring out the fish knives for fish 'n' chips. Ready to drink, but feels like one for the long term.

Skin contact: grape seeds from the estate are used to make Caudalie, "an extensive range of skin and body care products using the acknowledged anti-ageing properties and protective qualities of polyphenols found in grape extracts to protect and repair all skin types." [www]

Such a spin-off is an excellent way to make more money out of an already expensive product, hence top end grappas from the odds and sods of Italian Super-Tuscan Ornellia.