The 1999 Carruades de Lafite is made in the style of its bigger sibling. It reveals graphite, lead pencil, black currant, and cedary aromas, medium body, sweet glycerin, and a gorgeously expansive texture and palate. The wine is long and Lafite-like, and is unbelievably impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2015.
I prefer the nose to the ’99 Carruades compared to the ’97. Good lift, fine definition, a greater sense of mineralite and vigour. Certainly more clarity although it is more austere than the 2002. The palate is medium-bodied, quite lithe, good acidity and lovely lifted black fruits with a touch of black plum and dates. This is an ebullient, quite vivacious Carruades, akin to a Saint Estephe on the earthy, austere finish. Very admirable for a ’99 Second wine. Drink now-2015. Tasted September 2008.
Lovely aromas of sweet, ripe berries with hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, with silky, caressing tannins and a long, fruity aftertaste. Very impressive for a second wine. Best after 2004. 25,000 cases made.
You can allow all or manage them individually.