Carruades de Lafite 1996
|Score: 88||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Buyers Guide (5), January 2000|
I have noticed in my tastings that the second wine of Lafite-Rothschild, Carruades de Lafite, has improved over recent years. The 1996, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, may turn out to be the finest Carruades I have ever tasted. It possesses as much power, ripeness, and fleshy fruit (because of the high percentage of Merlot) as I have ever detected in this offering. While it does not quite have the characteristics of Lafite, being fleshier and more accessible, it is a beautifully made wine with a subtle dosage of toasty new oak, an appealing texture, and excellent length. Given its power, this second wine will need 2-4 years of cellaring, and keep for 15+ years (I would not be surprised to see it last for two decades).
|Score: 86/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998|
Watery rim and rather low-key nose that opened out to strong mineral elements. Neat and plummy and inky on the palate but with a very appetising dry finish. Velvety texture - lots of interest buried in here, not to mention some very ripe tannins still doing their stuff. Drink 2006-16.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2006|
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