The second wine of Chateau Lafite is made from the the vines of the plateau called Carruades, a group of plots ajacent to Lafite's best vineyards, bought by the family in 1845. The higher Merlot content brings the wines to maturity much earlier than the first wine.
Allegedly, there were already vineyards on the property when the Segur family organised the vineyard in the late 17th century. Vines were planted by Jaques de Segur and the estate earned a reputation for great winemaking. Jaques’ grandson, Marquis Nicolas Alexandre, lifted the wine estate into great fame with Chateau Lafite being imbibed by Louis XV of France, the British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole and future American President, Thomas Jefferson. Despite many natural and human difficulties in the years since, Chateau Lafite is considered one of the best winemaking estates in Bordeaux and has been in the Rothschild family since 1868.
The vineyards are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
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.
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.
Very fine colour, massive legs, beautifully intense nose, and rich black and red fruits. Very lovely voluptuous palate, quite loose and flirty for the vintage, almost port-like. The finish is fresh and dogged. A really exceptional Carruades. Drink 2020-2030.
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