Everything started in 1990, when Florence and Daniel Cathiard fell
in love with Château Smith Haut Lafitte and its charming, 18th-century
house, during a flight over the Bordeaux vineyards.
Daniel Cathiard, founder of the Go Sport chain, and Florence
President of McCann Europe, decided to give up their stressful
careers and start a new life by buying Château Smith Haut Lafitte.
Florence and Daniel Cathiard observed that a low-lying area in the
produced lower-quality grapes than the rest. A water diviner was
called in and discovered a natural spring in that spot. Analyses
revealed that, 540 metres underground, there was a naturally hot
spring with a high concentration of minerals and trace elements.
This discovery facilitated the development of the first Vinothérapie®
Spa in the world Internationally-renowned Caudalie products are used
together with water from the hot spring in a series of treatments
devised by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas.
The sub-standard vineyard was pulled up to make room for a luxury
"hotel de charme" alongside the Spa, opened in June 1999: Les
Sources de Caudalie.
"Caudalie", a term borrowed from wine-tasting, describes the
persistence of a wine on the palate: the longer a wine's aftertaste,
the higher its "caudalie" rating.