The estate owes its name to one of its former owners, George Smith, who in the 18th century was involved in exporting the already renowned wine to his home country.
So when Daniel Cathiard and his wife bought the estate in 1990, they saw themselves as owners of a real jewel, whose name has been emblematic of Bordeaux wines for several centuries. Driven by the desire to produce one of the best wines in the world, and aware of the richness of their terroir, the owners did not hesitate to return to ancestral methods by promoting manual harvesting, making their own compost, ploughing with a horse, completely eliminating herbicides, setting up a cooperage, etc.
But the Cathiard family is also turning to new technologies and is one of the few winegrowing families to use the "œnoview" process, a satellite designed to observe and monitor the ripening of the grapes and optimise the harvest. Using image processing technology, the satellite analyses the vineyard with a resolution of 2 m² per pixel. The stage of development of the vine's plant cover is analysed in all sectors of the same plot to define the oenological maturity of the grapes to the nearest vine row.
These homogeneous zones mapped by infrared make it possible to identify the vines ready to be harvested, because even by tasting them, we realise that the stage of ripening of the grapes is never the same from one vine to another. This new satellite technology therefore allows to achieve optimum quality. Precise and precious information to better estimate the potential of the plots.
Other gems of innovation: the Winery technology, which vibrates the bunches to release the grapes without fragmenting the stalks; or the Vistalys precision optical sorting system, which since 2008 has been sorting the grapes after photographing them according to precise parameters. A meticulousness worthy of the greatest wines!