LOCATION AND TERROIR
Château Lafitte is superbly situated, at the fringes of the city of Bordeaux where it boasts an unrestricted view over the Garonne valley.The vineyard of 50 hectares and benefits from a magnificent terroir composed of: 40% round, flat pebble, 30% clay-limestone, and 30% fine gravel Château Lafitte wine owes its typicity in part to the choice of grapes in the blend:
- 50% Merlot (for roundness and fruit),
- 30% Cabernet Sauvignon (structure and elegance),
- 20% Cabernet Franc (finesse and bouquet).
THE WINEMAKING PROCESS
Through the seasons, the vineyard at Château Lafitte is tended and watched over with the utmost care and attention. When the berries reach the peak of ripeness, they are harvested, destemmed and treaded before the winemaking process begins:
- Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats
- Maceration for 4-5 weeks
- Malolactic fermentation
The wines are aged for between 12 and 24 months, before being bottled on the Château Lafitte estate, where 300,000 bottles are produced every year.