Carruades de Lafite 2014


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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Carruades de Lafite has a crisp, tightly wound, blackberry scented bouquet that continues to demonstrate that attractive tarry tincture. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple opening, notes of blackberry and mulberry fruit, a dash of white pepper, though it just feels a little blocky on the finish at the moment, so I might be inclined to afford this another couple of years in the cellar. Drink Date 2020-2035

Score: 88Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot. It has a pure blackberry, slightly tarry bouquet that is well defined, a little strict perhaps, but focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin in the mouth, a much more sophisticated Carruades de Lafite than last year with a crisp, nicely poised and lightly spiced finish. This is a decent, satisfying Carruades de Lafite that should be afforded three or four years in bottle.

Score: 88/90Neal Martin, (218), April 2015

Lots of blackberries, dried mushrooms and minerals. Blackcurrants too with some tar. Full-bodied, chewy and rich with an intensity and liveliness on the finish. Salty and minerally. Give it until 2021 to try.

Score: 94James Suckling,, February 2017

Gorgeous aromas of blackcurrants, berries, blueberries and licorice. Minerals, too. Full, dense and tight. Wonderfully racy finish. Mineral, iodine and oyster shell undertones. Second wine of Lafite. ""We really wanted to make an excellent Carraudes,"" says the winemaker Charles Chevallier. They did.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, March 2015

The tannins in the 2014 Carruades de Lafite are nearly buried by the richness of the fruit. Even so, the wine needs at least a few years in barrel, as it is pretty tightly wound at this stage. The combination of plush dark fruit and bright acidity is compelling. Hints of blood orange, flowers and spices hint at what the Grand Vin will offer in time. The blend is 58 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 42 % Merlot. Carruades de Lafite represents 25 % of the château's production.

Score: 90+Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

An enticing mix of dark red cherry, plum, violet, lavender and graphite notes emerge from the 2014 Carruades de Lafite, a wine of notable depth and purity, especially at this level. There is a definition and inner sweetness to the fruit that is impossible to miss. All the Lafite signatures are present, specifically the intensely perfumed, sweet fruit that is often found in this sector in Pauillac. The Carruades is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot. Carruades de Lafite represents 25% of the chateau's production.

Score: 88/90Antonio Galloni,, April 2015

Quite blue, raw-looking crimson. Not very expressive on the nose. Dry and rather obdurate on the palate. Some smoothing due to top-quality old oak but there is not much fun or zest here. Dry, austere but quite persistent finish. Drink 2020-2030

Score: 16+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2015

Very sleek and refined, with flavors of silky-edged cassis and cherry preserves that are pure and persistent, backed by light pepper, bay, black tea and iron notes on the finish. Nearly accessible already, but has the drive for cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2030. 14,000 cases made.

Score: 91James Molesworth,, February 2017

Both nose and palate have a fragrant charm bright fresh floral. The start of the palate seems quite light with bilberry and bramble but there is mid sweetness depth of flavour mid richness. Fresh at the back the finish is bright with lingering flavours. 2026-36

Score: 86/90Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

"Upright, elegant and long on the palate," is how winemaker Charles Chevalier describes his wines in 2014. This is certainly a very polished, refreshing second wine: focused, pure and refined, with taut minerality and classic cassis and lead pencil notes, complemented by refined oak.

Score: 94Tim Atkin MW,, April 2015

Score: 91Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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