Carruades de Lafite 2017

Bordeaux
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92-93 Points - James Suckling

A bright Carruades with cedar and tobacco character. Medium to full body and medium chewy tannins. Very pretty center palate.

Antonio Galloni

Score: 90-93

The 2017 Carruades de Lafite is quite deep and fleshy at the outset. Black cherry, plum, lavender and rose petal are pushed forward in this dark, racy second wine from Lafite-Rothschild. Deep, textured and beautifully resonant, the 2017 has a lot to recommend it. This is a strong showing. In 2017, Carruades is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Like many of his colleagues, Technical Director Eric Kolher opted for gentle extractions and incorporated a relatively high amount of press wine (14%) into the blend. In 2017, the Carruades is a gorgeous second wine.

Antonio Galloni

James Suckling

Score: 92-93

A bright Carruades with cedar and tobacco character. Medium to full body and medium chewy tannins. Very pretty center palate.

James Suckling

Julia Harding MW

Score: 16.5

Deep crimson. More lifted and fragrant than the Duhart-Milon just tasted. Dark-red fruit and graphite freshness. Richer and sweeter fruited on the mid palate than the Duhart, a little more generous. Very soft texture but not lacking backgrounded structure. Elegant, and an attractive minerally, dark-fruited finish. Subtle. Understated.

Julia Harding MW

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 90-92

The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Carruades de Lafite is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and opens with expressive notes of espresso and dark chocolate over a core of cassis, wood smoke and tilled soil plus touches of truffles and black olives. Medium-bodied, very fine-grained and refreshing, it has great poise and a long, savory finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Neal Martin

Score: 89-91

The 2017 Carruades de Lafite has a fine, quite pure bouquet, perhaps showing a little more fruit concentration than the Duhart-Milon at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, oyster shell and a touch of black pepper. There is not an enormous depth to this wine, after all it is a deuxième vin, but I appreciate the precision and the brightness towards the finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes.

Neal Martin