1997 Carruades de Lafite

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Average critic rating : 86.75 points



The 1997 Carruades de Lafite (a blend of 32% Merlot, with the rest mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and a small portion of Cabernet Franc) maintains its reputation as one of Bordeaux's better second wines. The color is dark ruby with purple nuances. The wine is soft, fleshy, and round, with more up-front fat than Lafite, but not nearly the length or perfume. Supple, with low acidity, and an easy-going, silky finish, it will drink well between now and 2006.Lafite's harvest occurred between September 8 (beginning with the Merlot) and October 2. For some Cabernet Sauvignon parcels, there were an exceptional 135 days (the norm being 105-110 days) between the flowering and harvest. This estate, which made a profoundly great 1996, utilized only 28% of its harvest for the 1997 grand vin. Moreover, the selection for the second wine, Carruades, was also severe. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 116



A very grapey red with berry, cherry character. Full- to medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. A bit hollow. Second wine of Lafite. Best after 2000.-James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2000

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Carraudes de Lafite is the second wine of Château Lafite-Rothschild , one of the Pauillac first growths. Similar in style to the grand vin of Lafite, Carruades generally contains a higher proportion of Merlot, and much of the wine comes from specific vineyard plots throughout the Lafite vineyards. The name of the wine comes from the Carruades plateau – a group of vineyards just next to the château hilltop.

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