2010 Carruades de Lafite



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Average critic rating : 92.95 points

94

94

Another brilliant second wine, the 2010 Carruades de Lafite (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42.5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) is elegant and amazing for a second wine from Lafite. “Carruades de Lafite” is now engraved in the bottle to prevent unscrupulous sommeliers and merchants from trying to pass it off as Lafite Rothschild. The wine displays much of the same lead pencil, charcoal and black currant notes of its bigger sister, although it is forward, precocious and far less structured than the grand vin. Nevertheless, this wine, which can be drunk now, will cellar beautifully for at least 20-25 more years. Wine Advocate.February, 2013

88-90

88-90

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42.5% Merlot, 2.4% Petit Verdot and 5.1% Cabernet Franc, the Carruades has moderate intensity on the nose with scents of blackberry leaf, briary, a touch of cedar and some tobacco notes. The palate is a little disjointed at the moment, the tannins accentuated and a little aggressive at first, some pleasant mulberry and dark plum/cedar accents towards the finish but missing the harmony that anticipated. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com

95-96

95-96

Incredible smoke, currants and blackberries. Spices too. Full bodied, with ultra-polished tannins and blackberries, blueberries and minerals. Orange peel too. Best Carraudes ever. jamessuckling.com

93-96

93-96

Remarkably tight, offering black currant and sanguine notes laced with sandalwood and roasted fig. This is also tight-grained on the finish and is really long, with the acidity just going on and on. Only 10 percent new oak. Tasted non-blind. James Molseworth, winespectator.com

17.5

17.5

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Mid crimson without great colour intensity. Very savoury and glossy. Immediate polish on the nose here. Raspberries and tar. Great intensity and fluidity. Really this is SO much better than it used to be. Very fine wine by any measure. Bone dry. Minerals and chew on the end but no rustic tannins. Very fine and long. It is admirable that Charles Chevalier puts so much effort into this wine which, although admittedly it is expensive, could be sold several times over in China whatever it tasted like. jancisrobinson.com

17.5

17.5

Fine fragrance and elegance over layers of complexity, perfect harmony, Pauillac at its most refined. Drink 2016-26. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

18

18

With a diminished crop a splendid second wine has appeared, in which there is a perfect blend of fruit: plum and raspberry fruits underlie a subtle tannin which is not too heavy. It will be enjoyable before 2020.

88-90

88-90

Carruades de Lafite With cedar, earth, forest floor scents, this medium bodied wine offers cassis, cranberry and bright spicy flavors.winecellarinsider.com

93-95

93-95

The deep ruby purple 2010 Carruades de Lafite offers aromas of violets, plums, blackberries, with a hint of cedar, supported by nice mid palate fruit flavours balanced by velvety tannins and a fairly long finish. This Carruades is made in a full-bodied, rich, very tannic style with such density and depth that it seems more like a grand vin than a second wine. The selection was done after the malolactic from about 50 parcels, and the result is a gorgeous wine that stands on its own. asianpalate.com

17.5

17.5

Just a bit on the severe side now but the underlying fruit is excellent. Very fine and noble with terrific length and elegance. Top class this year



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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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