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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.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #205, Feb 2013)
The Carruades is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42.5% Merlot, 2.4% Petit Verdot and 5.1% Cabernet Franc. It has a well-defined bouquet, blackberry, graphite, sous-bois and pleasant floral notes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a juicy core of ebullient black cherry fruit and trademark graphite notes towards the long, persistent finish. This is certainly a very high quality Carruades. Tasted November 2012.
– eRobertParker.com, Mar 2013
(51% harvest, 13.5%) [50CS/42M/5CF/2PV] Dense to smell, a ripe blackberry fruit, a marked Merlot character; fairly concentrated, fresh middleweight with a very fine tannin and an easy going almost velvety texture; ripe, fluid, generous and juicy with good fruit length; most accessible, if lacking a little in aromatic scope. A relatively early, easy pleasure. 2016-30 [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2011]
Solid, with bright cassis, fig and blackberry fruit studded with tobacco leaf, anise and violet. The long finish has a tarry thread, but stays polished and refined overall, with a whiff of sandalwood lingering gently. Best from 2014 through 2028. 25,000 cases made.
– James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2013)
This smells like a bouquet of flowers with blueberries and currants and spices. Full body, yet agile and refined. So fine and pretty. It's balanced and in harmony. Savory. A smoky, decadent and meat undertone. Try in 2016.
– jamessuckling.com, Nov 2013
Quality 846 | Brand 890 | Economics 905 |
buzz brand, investment staple
Quality: Above the average quality score of its peer group for the 2010 vintage, 784 Brand: One of the most talked-about wines by the fine wine trade, with mention frequency in the top 20% in Wine Lister's proprietary Founding Member survey Economics: Above its peer group average price of £117 for the 2010 vintage Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles
- www.wine-lister.com June 2017
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