Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a grand cru classe vineyard in the Pessac-Leognan appellation of Bordeaux to the south of the city, has completed its harvest of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Semillon white grapes now and started picking its red fruit on Monday Sept. 11, according to an email from the producer.
The April frost that hit many Bordeaux producers had "fortunately limited consequences" on Smith Haut Lafitte, and drought in June combined with a mild summer with cool, dry conditions "promise us a beautiful vintage," it said.
The white grape harvest lasted just two weeks this year, shorter than last year's three-week picking period, with 70 people involved in harvesting the estate's 11 hectares (27 acres) of white-grape vines, compared with just 40 last year, it said.
"It is a vintage of small quantity but for sure of good quality," Smith Haut Lafitte said. The cloudy but dry weather during the summer "preserved the acidity of our whites."
In a separate email, Chateau Rauzan Segla, a second-growth vineyard further north in Margaux, said its harvest started yesterday.