The 2015 Carruades de Lafite has developed a little more energy since I tasted it in bottle, with blackberry, bilberry fruit and that slate-like note tucked in just underneath. It feels quite unchanged since I encountered it from barrel. The palate is well balanced and actually shows more energy and tension than the 2015 Duhart at the moment. Crisp tannin, quite edgy and certainly with a healthy dash of white pepper, it opens up nicely toward the finish, with commendable precision and length. It is one of the best Carruades that I have encountered in recent vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2034.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. This has a satisfying purity on the nose: blackberry and briary, a distant, cold slate-like note just underneath, with the new oak (close to 20%) neatly subsumed. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is moderate depth to this slightly foursquare and conservative Carruades, but there is also plenty of freshness and it has an appealing, unassuming finish that is both harmonious and precise. Probably one of the most approachable deuxième vins, afford this 2-3 years in bottle before broaching. Drink 2019-2028
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in barrels, 10% new, the 2015 Carruades de Lafite is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and just a little closed at this youthful stage, revealing delicate notes of red and black plums, black cherries and dried herbs plus touches of pencil lead, cedar chest and beef drippings. Medium-bodied, refreshing and with a well-played chewy texture, although just a baby in terms of evolution, it has an accessible structure, finishing long and savory. 2020 - 2032
|Score: 91||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
Lead-pencil aromas with currants and plums, too. Full body, silky tannins and a focused and very refined finish. It's the tannins that drive things. An excellent second wine of Lafite. Needs two or three years to soften. Start drinking in 2021.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
A silky and fine second wine of Lafite with blueberry, blackberry and flower aromas and flavors. Cedar and nuts too.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 Carruades de Lafite is terrific. Pliant, supple and inviting, the 2015 offers notable radiance and suppleness, with pretty Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics to play off the racy fruit. Red plum, licorice and dried flowers lead into an effortless, pliant finish that adds to the wine's considerable appeal. 2018 - 2030
|Score: 91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Carruades de Lafite is a very pretty second wine. Dark, sensual and inviting, the 2015 Carruades is super-expressive today. Graphite, plum, black cherry, lavender and licorice are all nicely delineated throughout. The higher presence of Merlot gives the Carruades lovely inner sweetness and perfume. This is very nicely done.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Relatively light crimson. Light, rather timid nose. Drying tannins on the end. Very pretty and polite but not at all dramatic!
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
The second wine of Lafite Rothschild is the 2015 Carruades De Lafite and is a beautiful wine in its own right. Based on 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up mostly in used barrels, it has classy notes of cassis and lead pencil shavings as well as a medium to full-bodied, elegant, beautifully balanced style on the palate. It’s not a massive wine by any stretch, yet it exudes class and elegance, and is already a joy to drink. 2018 - 2033
|Score: 92||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Light bright the nose is fresh the start of the palate has a fragrant mix of fresh fruits bramble backed by bilberry. There is mid concentration fleshy richness the fruit supported by fine tannins and although sweet and ripe at the back the finish is lighter with a mix of fresh fruits.
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Making up 35% of the total production at Lafite in 2015 (25% was declassified), this is a
beautifully restrained second wine that was picked comparatively early to retain acidity. The
freshness of this wine was a relief after tasting some of the vintage’s more extracted wines.
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
All the Lafite wines are under 13% alcohol and this restraint is sensational. While some parcels on more clay-rich soils came under pressure from the late showers and gave rise to a few issues, the majority of free-draining plots on this incredible estate made the cut. Further selection has resulted in beautiful wines. A wine full of finesse and poise, Carruades is excellently balanced between Cabernet and Merlot and this harmony of red and black fruit has resulted in a precocious and sexy wine with immense appeal and élan.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|