Carruades de Lafite 2016

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94-95 Points - James Suckling

The most tannic and textured Carruades ever. Full-bodied, big and powerful. Very, very long. New style?

Antonio Galloni

Score: 89-92

The 2016 Carruades de Lafite is a sexy wine. Inviting scents of ripe black cherry, plum, smoke, torrefaction and mocha set the stage nicely. Deep and textured on the palate, yet also light on its feet, the 2016 exhibits terrific balance and striking purity in its fruit. I especially like the way the fruit fans out to cover every inch of the palate on the finish. This is impressive stuff.

Antonio Galloni

Decanter

Score: 92

This is a rich, deep, elegant and well structured Carruades, clearly better than the 2015 and 2014, a great success in this vintage. Lafite have increased the percentage of third wine, so in this vintage 35% of the production went into Carruades and 40% into the grand vin. The blend is 49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Decanter

James Suckling

Score: 94-95

The most tannic and textured Carruades ever. Full-bodied, big and powerful. Very, very long. New style?

James Suckling

Jancis Robinson

Score: 16.5

There's a putty note on the nose. Neat, restrained, rather tight nose and a tad mean on the end. Just as there's a big gap between Petit Mouton and the grand vin, so there seems to be between Carruades and Lafite. Drying tannins on the end. Seems to be a lack of phenolic ripeness towards the end of the palate experience even though it starts out pretty ripe and round.
Drink 2024-2038

Jancis Robinson

Neal Martin

Score: 89-91

The 2016 Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot this year that matured in around 20-25% new oak. Eric Kohler told me that they now practice more selection for the Carruades and in this respect, the great fruit concentration means that he has just tweaked the level of new oak upwards. It has an attractive bouquet with smoke and tobacco infused black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin. This is a linear and conservative Carruades, one without the frills, almost economical but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It is fresh and focused, demonstrating more ripeness than previous vintages, and has a little more length. Drink it over the next decade.

Neal Martin

Tim Atkin

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The oak is still a little marked on this second wine, but that’s forgivable in a six-month-old sample. Like the Grand Vin, it’s a fine, graceful, elegant claret with notes of blackcurrant leaf and cigar box, filigree tannins and a tangy, palate-cleansing finish. 2022-30.

Tim Atkin