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Carruades De Lafite Pauillac Bordeaux Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc

$880.17 / case(6)



Chateau lafite rothschild’s second wine carruades de lafite presents similar characteristics to the grand vin but with its own personality linked to a higher proportion of merlot and to specific plots that are used to produce carruades. The name comes from the carruades plateau a group of plots acquired in 1845 just next to the vines on the chateau hilltop. Significant rainfall from november to february restored groundwater reserves which had already been substantially replenished by average or higher than average rain in 2012 and 2013. Temperatures remained above normal and the vines missed the hearty winter frosts; what we really wanted were about two weeks of crisp mornings with beautiful sunshine dry cold and no wind. But you cannot control nature! Bud break was early followed by uniform flowering during the first week of june spurred on by a rise in temperatures. As always the impact of the weather on the vineyard was our primary concern and our teams worked throughout the year to ensure that the grapes reach maturity in perfect health. The onset of ripening occurred over two periods first in late july and then again after 15 august creating differences in the ripeness of the bunches on the same vine. Some juggling” was therefore necessary when it came to the harvests in order to make the best choices; the pickers and sorters were under strict orders to only keep the very best quality red grapes suited to the production our pauillac grand vins. Tasting notes (at bottling): beautiful deep dark colour. The nose is fairly closed with just a delicate red and black fruitiness. The wood is still young and needs to mellow. The attack on the palate is full-bodied with a pleasant roundness. The wine evolves well; the tannins are still vigorous but will soon soften. Well-defined notes of blackberries and blackcurrants. The length is already good and should develop further in the bottle. This wine should open up before 2020 and reach its peak in about ten years.” – carruades de lafite *90-93/100 wine spectator

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