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Château Lafite Rothschild’s second wine, Carruades de Lafite presents similar characteristics to the Grand Vin, but with its own personality linked to a higher proportion of Merlot and to specific plots that are used to produce Carruades. The name comes from the Carruades plateau, a group of plots acquired in 1845 just next to the vines on the Château hilltop.

-From 50 to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 to 50% Merlot, 0 to 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

-From 18 to 20 months, 80% in oak barrels (10% new).

-20,000 cases.


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Tasted in April 2016. Quite powerful, fine balance, well-knitted with strong structure, depth and length. Splendid complexity. Fine second wine.

  • 92p
Medium deep colour. Blackberry brambly aromas with savoury espresso notes. Fresh slinky textures wine with fresh blackberry blackcurrant fkavours and fine juicy acidity. 92 points
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Dark purple red with violet hue. Well structured nose with pure fruit, discreet spiciness and hints of minerality. On the palate well structured with a very fine and elegant start and a quite powerful finish with elegance but also great persistence.
  • 94p
Carruades de Lafite Pauillac - 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 36% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc Full plum, narrow but pure on the nose, again very nice texture, the tension and minerality is very fine here, an extra level of depth on the finish, also very impressive though I am not sure it quite has the length of the Duhart. 90-92/100 2024-2035
  • 91p



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