Château 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 Château hilltop.
CARRUADES DE LAFITE - PAUILLAC - 2016
2016 was characterized in Bordeaux by a very
uniform climate, resulting in a good quality vintage for the entire region. Bud
break occurred around the normal time, although the spring was rather rainy and
cold. June was particularly overcast and cool, but flowering nevertheless took
place in good conditions. The summer was hot and very dry, almost too dry at
the beginning of September, with ripening becoming hindered in some cases due
to water stress. Lafite’s superb terroir was perfectly able to cope with these
conditions, and to wait for the welcome rain on 13 September. This created
optimal conditions for the final ripening of the grapes, ready to reach
exceptional levels of maturity.
Beautiful dark red violet colour. Very appealing nose with notes of red fruit dominated by cherry. There are also notes of tobacco, which is quite unusual at this stage of the ageing process. On the palate, the wine quickly opens, which is often the case for Les Carruades due to its higher proportion of Merlot. It rapidly develops a full-bodied character, with exceptional balance. The complementary between the four grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is perfect, offering a very pleasant, well-structured mid-palate. The finish brings refined, slightly salty, mineral notes.
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.