Carruades de Lafite

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Carruades de Lafite: The Importance

Carruades de Lafite is the second wine of Château Lafite Rothschild, the famous Pauillac First Growth, and has according to Robert Parker: “become one of the finest second wines produced.”

 

First produced in the 1850s, it is one of the oldest and most respected second wines in Bordeaux and the world. As Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider puts it: “due to the name and association with the Grand Cru, [Carruades de Lafite] has become extremely collectible.”

 

This exceptional second wine has developed a significant following in Asia. Jancis Robinson says: “In China the name Lafite has the most extraordinary and unexpected resonance. Such resonance that Carruades de Lafite, the Bordeaux first growth's second wine… can command a higher price than super-second Château Cos d'Estournel.”

 

Carruades de Lafite: The Insight

Up to 60% of Lafite’s production may be Carruades de Lafite depending on the vintage, and stylistically, Robert Parker says: “The wine shares much of the same character as its more famous sibling – just the tannins are lighter and the wine is made in a style that gives it immediate accessibility – but the Lafite mystique and personality can be detected.” This is high praise indeed as Neal Martin describes the Grand Vin as the “quintessential wine of elegance”. 

 

As Carruades usually contains a higher proportion of Merlot than Lafite, it isgenerally more approachable when younger. Production varies at around 20-30,000 cases and the wine is usually around 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged in oak (10% new) for around 18 months. Bottles labelled since 2012 have an authentication seal on the capsule.

 

For those looking to buy Carruades de Lafite, the innovative wine ranking website Wine-Lister recommends 2005, 2009 and 2010. Jancis Robinson rates the 2005 highly, James Suckling and Wine Advocate favour 2009 and 2010, meanwhile Vinous particularly liked the “super-expressive… sensual and inviting 2015.

 

The price of Lafite Rothschild fluctuates between around two or three and a half times the price of Carruades de Lafite. The second therefore offers a lower priced glimpse into this prestigious Pauillac estate, one of the world’s most famous.
 
 

Carruades de Lafite: The Background

For detailed information on the history of this estate please read our producer profile on Château Lafite Rothschild. Château Lafite Rothschild covers an impressive 112 hectares, but the second wine takes its name from some 50 hectares on the plateau called Les Carruades, located next to Mouton-Rothschild. However, grapes from this sector are actually used in the Grand Vin more often than not.

 

Carruades de Lafite was marketed as Moulin des Carruades before the 1980s and according to president and CEO of Domaines Barons de Rothschild Christophe Salin, reported in Wine Spectator:  “It is absolutely correct to find in the 1980s (before 1986) two labels for the same vintage with different names (Moulin des Carruades and Carruades de Lafite]… very confusing indeed. The good news is that since ’86, everything is clear again."

 

Click the following link to view listings of  Lafite Rothschild's second wine labelled under the name Moulin des Carruades.

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2015 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

91.1

2015 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

91.1
£1,373.00
£1,373.00
£685.00

2014 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

92.67

2014 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

92.67
£1,871.00
£1,871.00
£937.00
£469.00
£158.00

2013 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

78.0

2013 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

78.0
£2,085.00
£2,085.00
£1,044.00
£2,085.00
£176.00

2012 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

90.5

2012 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

90.5
£1,906.00
£1,906.00
£954.00
£161.00

2011 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

90.0

2011 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

90.0
£1,965.00
£1,965.00
£984.00
£166.00

2010 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

92.95

2010 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

92.95
£2,194.00
£2,194.00
£1,098.00
£2,194.00
£185.00

2009 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

92.0

2009 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

92.0
£2,145.00
£2,145.00
£1,074.00
£2,145.00
£2,199.00
£181.00
£358.00

2008 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

89.75

2008 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

89.75
£2,203.00
£2,203.00

2007 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

88.75

2007 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

88.75
£2,442.00
£2,503.00
£2,442.00
£1,221.00
£2,442.00
DP £2,503.00

2006 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

89.5

2006 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

89.5
£2,801.00
£2,801.00
£1,400.00
£2,801.00
£235.00
£467.00

2005 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

91.7

2005 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

91.7
£1,715.00
£145.00

2004 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

88.25

2004 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

88.25
£2,324.00
£2,324.00
£195.00

2003 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

90.0

2003 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

90.0
£2,471.00
£2,535.00
£2,471.00
£2,471.00
DP £2,471.00
£188.00
DP £207.00
DP £188.00
£412.00

2002 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

87.75

2002 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

87.75
£2,359.00
£2,359.00
£198.00
£180.00
DP £198.00

2000 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

91.5

2000 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

91.5
£2,665.00
£223.00
DP £190.00
DP £185.00
£444.00

1999 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

89.0

1999 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

89.0
£2,254.00
£2,254.00
£180.00

1998 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

89.0

1998 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

89.0
£2,395.00
£2,395.00
DP £2,395.00
£201.00
£180.00
DP £201.00
DP £399.00

1997 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

86.75

1997 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

86.75
£1,818.00
£153.00
£173.00

1996 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

87.5

1996 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

87.5
£2,308.00
£2,308.00
£194.00
£188.00
£200.00
DP £194.00

1995 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

87.0

1995 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

87.0
£2,036.00
£171.00

1994 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

86.0

1994 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

86.0
£2,102.00
£177.00
DP £177.00

1992 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

84.0

1992 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

84.0
£2,060.00
£343.00

1990 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

84.0

1990 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

84.0
£4,117.00
£4,117.00
£343.00
DP £343.00
£686.00

1988 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

88.5

1988 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

88.5
£2,089.00
£2,089.00
£176.00

1987 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

1987 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

£2,327.00
£195.00
£387.00

1985 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

1985 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

£2,144.00
£2,144.00

1983 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

88.0

1983 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

88.0
£5,162.00
£430.00

1981 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

1981 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

£3,671.00
£612.00

1955 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

1955 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

£2,387.00
£2,387.00

1937 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

1937 Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux

£5,270.00
£439.00

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