A blend of 49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Carruades de Lafite opens with expressive baked plums, Morello cherries and blackcurrant cordial scents with touches of stewed tea, bay leaves and tilled soil plus a waft of tree bark. Medium-bodied with a great mid-palate core of red and black fruits, it has a solid, grainy frame and compelling freshness, finishing long and minerally. 2019 - 2034
|Score: 92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018|
The 2016 Carruades de Lafite contains more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a tightly wound bouquet featuring tightly coiled black fruit and hints of brine and sea spray. I appreciate the aromatics, but it needs a little more intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is very well balanced, with gentle grip, and very pure in the mouth, offering blackberry, bilberry and a touch of white pepper toward the quite persistent finish. Very fine. Drink 2021-2036
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot this year that matured in around 20-25% new oak. Eric Kohler told me that they now practice more selection for the Carruades and in this respect, the great fruit concentration means that he has just tweaked the level of new oak upwards. It has an attractive bouquet with smoke and tobacco infused black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin. This is a linear and conservative Carruades, one without the frills, almost economical but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It is fresh and focused, demonstrating more ripeness than previous vintages, and has a little more length. Drink it over the next decade. Drink 2020 - 2035.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
The most tannic and textured Carruades ever. Full-bodied, big and powerful. Very, very long. New style?
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Carruades de Lafite is soft, gentle and caressing, with silky tannins and a sweet, perfumed bouquet that gives the wine its sensual, inviting personality. Medium in body and gracious, the Carruades will be easy to drink and enjoy upon release. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice and floral notes are all laced together in this exquisite Pauillac. In 2016, the Carruades has a bit more Merlot than is typically the case. Drink 2020 - 2030.
|Score: 92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 Carruades de Lafite is a sexy wine. Inviting scents of ripe black cherry, plum, smoke, torrefaction and mocha set the stage nicely. Deep and textured on the palate, yet also light on its feet, the 2016 exhibits terrific balance and striking purity in its fruit. I especially like the way the fruit fans out to cover every inch of the palate on the finish. This is impressive stuff.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Tasted blind. Quite a burly nose. Big and beefy. Robust. Chunky. Very dry on the end. Sincere rather than charming. Lots packed in here. Wait awhile! Exciting.
Drink 2027 – 2047
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020|
There's a putty note on the nose. Neat, restrained, rather tight nose and a tad mean on the end. Just as there's a big gap between Petit Mouton and the grand vin, so there seems to be between Carruades and Lafite. Drying tannins on the end. Seems to be a lack of phenolic ripeness towards the end of the palate experience even though it starts out pretty ripe and round.
|Score: 16.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
The Second wine of Chateau Lafite. Thanks to the fact that the label design is very similar to that of Lafite itself, demand for Carruades from China is enormous. The consumer usually finds much better value for money from the same producer's Duhart Milon. 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot in 2016. Medium depth in colour, with a cool nose of camphor, mint, cherries and plums. The palate is silky and smooth, and should prove very approachable with light levels of tannin. Forward, polished, and fruity, with just a hint of spice and a medium length, elegant, floral finish.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
While few people get excited about second wines, the reality today is that the top estates are making such a strict selection that their second wines are unquestionably equivalent to the grand vins of a few decades ago. Case in point: the 2016 Carruades de Lafite, a brilliant wine that stands up with the top wines in Pauillac. Offering a medium to full-bodied, seamless, incredibly pure style as well as classy black cherry fruits, graphite, licorice, and dried earth, it’s impeccably balanced, has no hard edges, and is already hard to resist. Drink it any time over the coming 20-25 years. 2019 - 2044.
|Score: 94||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
The nose has fresh fruits quite firm the palate starts with concentrated flavours rich black cherry and sloe. Rich and ripe in the middle the tannins wrapped round by rich fruit. Sweet at the back the sweet fruit is underpinned and balanced by freshness but it tends to dry on the finish. 2025-36
|Score: 87/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
The oak is still a little marked on this second wine, but that’s forgivable in a six-month-old sample. Like the Grand Vin, it’s a fine, graceful, elegant claret with notes of blackcurrant leaf and cigar box, filigree tannins and a tangy, palate-cleansing finish. 2022-30
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
This is a rich, deep, elegant and well structured Carruades, clearly better than the 2015 and 2014, a great success in this vintage. Lafite have increased the percentage of third wine, so in this vintage 35% of the production went into Carruades and 40% into the grand vin. The blend is 49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
|Score: 92||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|