Carruades de Lafite 2020 (6x75cl)

Carruades de Lafite 2020 (6x75cl)

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Carruades de Lafite is hugely popular because it is made from the same terroir, using the same wine-making team, as the Lafite Rothschild Grand Vin (first wine). The only difference is that the plots generally used for Carruades contain more Merlot vines. There is generally more Merlot in Carruades (42% in 2020) and obviously in a ‘Merlot vintage’ like 2020 that is a very good thing!

Carruades de Lafite 2020 displays the balance and elegance consistently delivered by Château Lafite Rothschild. The 2020 is “one of the finest second wines out there” according to Jeb Dunnuck (92-94 points). Carrying “plenty of Pauillac signature” (Jane Anson), the 2020 vintage offers notes of “Morello cherries, raspberry leaves, baked blackberries and spice box, plus suggestions of pencil lead, lavender and Provence herbs”, concluding with a “long and lifted” finish (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 91-93 points). Drinking well out to 2042
96-97 James Suckling  
92-94 Jeb Dunnuck  
91-93 Wine Advocate  
91-93 Vinous (AG)  
89-91 Vinous (NM)  
17.5 Jancis Robinson  
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  • Year 2020
  • Colour Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Sub Region Pauillac
  • Designation
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 12.50°
  • Drinking Window 2027 - 2042
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 100784020200600750
Reviews (6)
96-97 James Suckling  
92-94 Jeb Dunnuck  
91-93 Wine Advocate  
91-93 Vinous (AG)  
89-91 Vinous (NM)  
17.5 Jancis Robinson  
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Château Lafite Rothschild

Château Lafite-Rothschild is one of the most collectable wines in the world. Purchased in 1868 it has remained continuously in the Rothschild family. Less powerful than Latour and more classical than Mouton, the hallmarks of this wine of wines is a taut, lithe, willowy muscularity, enveloped by transcendent just-ripe black fruit with the perfect sweetness of blackcurrant, black cherry and plum. The scent of Lafite often beguiles its fortunate drinkers and the mythical, irresistible perfume of wonderful cedar, so fresh and elegant, must be experienced to be believed.

 

Part of Lafite’s centuries-long success lies in its situation on some of the most gravel-dominant terroir in the Médoc. Up to ten metres deep with the stuff in some places, there are a few pockets of aeolian black sand and bedrock of limestone to complete the soils. Naturally conducive to the production of the most unbelievable Cabernet Sauvignon, the Grand Vin of Château Lafite Rothschild is frequently composed of up to 90% of the varietal. Couple this with the outstandingly talented team, headed for 40 years by the imperious Charles Chevallier (until 2018), and we have an estate whose strength lies in its being “a spectrum of flavours rather than a strong expression of any particular one” in the words of Chevallier’s replacement, Eric Kohler.

 

The 1996 vintage onwards heralded some of the best wines in their history; 2003 and 2009 are notably outstanding. Elegant, fresh, with great fruit purity and remarkable ageing potential. The second wine, Carruades de Lafite, has also been intensely collected over the past decade.

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