In vino ver­i­tas

Country Life Every Week - - Mini-break Travel -

You sim­ply must take a tour of Florence and Daniel’s Château Smith Haut Lafitte, once owned by a Scot­tish wine mer­chant—hence the Smith. The château has its own cooper—a rar­ity—who vis­its forests to choose the French oak for the bar­rels. The sight of his hand­i­work in the cel­lars is quite breath­tak­ing—the cen­tral panel of each bar­rel is stained red with wine, purely for aes­thetic ef­fect. Bordeaux may be fa­mous for its reds, but be sure to sam­ple the whites, too—the clay soil and cli­mate here are per­fect for the Sau­vi­gnon Blanc/sau­vi­gnon Gris/ Semil­lon blends pro­duced.

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