Carruades de Lafite Pauillac 2020 (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 96] [DM 95] [WE 95] [JD 93] [VM 92]
Carruades de Lafite Pauillac 2020 (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 96] [DM 95] [WE 95] [JD 93] [VM 92]

Carruades de Lafite Pauillac 2020
(Bordeaux, France) - [JS 96] [DM 95] [WE 95] [JD 93] [VM 92]

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Winemaker Notes:
The origin of its name comes from the “plateau des Carruades,” the name of a group of plots of land adjoining the ridge of Château Lafite Rothschild.

Sourced from vines that grow between woods and marshes in a protected setting, on a rich gravel soil of two thousand years, Carruades de Lafite grows like a promise. The plateau of Carruades and its mythical terroir of deep clay gravel was acquired at the end of the 19th century. It was then a wine in its own right, and the fruits of its plots were vinified separately to produce Carruades de Lafite.

Over the years, the grapes of Carruades, proving the extraordinary quality of this terroir, revealing the talent inscribed in their veins, have joined the blend of the Grand Vin of Château Lafite Rothschild. The name of Carruades then came to baptize the bottles of a promising new blend.

Carruades de Lafite is made using traditional Bordeaux winemaking methods. The alcoholic fermentation is carried out in oak, cement, and stainless-steel vats.

Although each vintage is unique, there is initially a higher proportion of Merlot, then Cabernet Sauvignon, and sometimes a touch of Cabernet Franc.

Ratings & Reviews:

96 Points - James Suckling:
"So perfumed and subtle with roses, lavender, sage, and currants. Medium-bodied. So much Spanish cedar, cigar box, currants, fresh tobacco and spice. Classic Lafite character. 52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 3% merlot. Better after 2028." (May 2023)

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This is a very fine second wine. Its powerful tannins and rich structure show complexity as well as freshness and acidity. The wine's density promises much over the long term. Drink from 2027." - Roger Voss (Apr 2023)

95 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Some candy floss notes, ripe fruit, almost sweet and perfumed, scented cherry drop sweets on the nose. I was expecting something more plush on the palate but this is just so fun with a lovely bouncy palate, cushioned and bright. Stunning sharp and bright bramble fruit flavours are given grip from the liquorice-laced tannins but overall this has so much joy, energy and character. A strong spiced backbone gives the structure with excellent freshness and tension for ageing but it's also saying 'look how fun and drinkable I am right now'. An excellent Carruades." - Georgina Hindle (Jan 2023)

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"This Château has made truly legendary wines in 2020. Looking at the vintage, the harvest occurred all in September, and their second wine, the 2020 Carruades De Lafite, is based on 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that was raised in 90% new French oak. The alcohol hit 13% and the pH is 3.84. It's much more open and expressive than the Grand Vin and offers beautiful darker red and black fruits as well as leafy tobacco, cedar pencil, and spicy nuances. Medium-bodied, layered, and concentrated, it has the vintage's more structured, firm feel on the palate, rock-solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age but will evolve for two decades." (Mar 2023)

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2020 Carruades de Lafite is a very pretty wine that marries the aromatic presence of Cabernet Sauvignon and the plushness of Merlot that make up the principal part of this blend. Dried herbs, leather, earthiness, tobacco and cedar lend darkness and aromatic intensity to this brooding Pauillac. The 2020 is a powerhouse Carruades that needs a few years in bottle to find its finest balance." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2023)