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Carruades de Lafite 2008

Carruades de Lafite - Chateau Lafite Rothschild

9 years

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the 2008 exhibits graphite, sandalwood, black and red currant, chocolate and damp earth characteristics in its elegant, medium to full-bodied, fresh, lively personality. It is a delicious, luscious, already evolved wine to drink over the next 15+ years.v *** The 2008 Carruades de Lafite, made from yields of 46 hectoliters per hectare, is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Revealing an inky/ruby/purple color that is slightly less dense than the grand vin’s, it offers up beautiful aromas of graphite, smoke, black currants, and cedar. Very sexy in the fleshy style of the 2003, it is a succulent, hedonistic turn-on. Moreover, given the freshness and acid profile, it should drink well for 15-20 years. * Interestingly, Lafite Rothschild’s manager, Charles Chevalier, told me there was not much flavor in the grapes in mid-September, but a month later, after four weeks of extraordinary weather, they believed something profound may have happened given the flavor development. Again, the historically long period between flowering and harvest, and very low yields are part of the secret to the great success of wines such as this.

91 Robert Parker score

€ 2,400
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* price for one OWC (original wooden case) in perfect condition – 12x75cl per OWC

Last Update October 2015

Carruades de Lafite - Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Carruades de Lafite is the second wine of the world famous Chateau Lafite Rothschild, and is one of the most famous and prestigious wine producing estates in the world. It is based in the Medoc, on the left bank of the Gironde River, situated in Bordeaux France, and has been under the ownership of the wealthy Rothschild family since the 19th century.

 

The name “Lafite” is derived from a Gascon term “la hite” signifying a small hill. The name Carruades de Lafite originated from the “Carruades Plateau”, a selection of plots neighboring the best vineyards in the estate. Carruades de Lafite used to be called “Moulin de Carruades” before the 1980’s, when it used to be marketed independently from Chateau Lafite. Nowadays, the Carruades de Lafite wines are distinct in taste and quality, and are much sought after in the fine wine market.

20,000 – 30,000 cases

Annual production

Unclassified

Classification

Pauillac/Medoc (Left Bank)

Location/Region

107 hectares

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