The history of this property dates back to the time of the Crusades (hence lily flowers that adorn the coat of arms). In the 18th century, the Scottish navigator George Smith settled there. He was followed by Mr. Dubergier-Duffour, mayor of Bordeaux; Louis Eschenauer, a leading figure in Bordeaux trade and Daniel and Florence Cathiard are the latest owners. They restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century cloister, refurbished two underground cellars, continued with the traditional tiling, forbade herbicides and incorporated their own cooperage. The exemplary elegance and structured balance of both the red and white Smith Haut Lafitte wines are now universally recognized and justifies this passion for their overall quality.