The 2017 Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with joyful notions of black cherries, redcurrant jelly and cassis plus hints of kirsch, cedar chest, pencil lead and a waft of raspberry leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses bags of poise and freshness, dishing out lots of bright red and black fruits with a soft, finely grained frame, finishing long with a skip in its step. 2020-2035
|Score: 91||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020|
The 2017 Carruades de Lafite has a pleasant bouquet with brambly black fruit intermingling with damp earth and light tobacco aromas. Maybe it would benefit from a little more precision. The palate is well balanced with a saline tang on the entry. This is a little "chunky" at the moment, maybe missing the finesse of the 2016, although I appreciate the briny influence that surfaces towards the finish. Fine, although not the best second wine that I have tasted from this First Growth. 2021 - 2032
|Score: 89||Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020|
The 2017 Carruades de Lafite has a fine, quite pure bouquet, perhaps showing a little more fruit concentration than the Duhart-Milon at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, oyster shell and a touch of black pepper. There is not an enormous depth to this wine, after all it is a deuxième vin, but I appreciate the precision and the brightness towards the finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2019-2030.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Carruades de Lafite is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and opens with expressive notes of espresso and dark chocolate over a core of cassis, wood smoke and tilled soil plus touches of truffles and black olives. Medium-bodied, very fine-grained and refreshing, it has great poise and a long, savory finish.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
So much rich, sweet tobacco with currants and spices, as well as graphite. Full-bodied, tight and focused with oyster-shell and lead-pencil character on the palate. Tangy, spicy and peppery. Needs three to four years to soften, but already beautiful.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
A bright Carruades with cedar and tobacco character. Medium to full body and medium chewy tannins. Very pretty center palate.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
Just as it was from barrel, the 2017 Carruades de Lafite is ample and rich on the palate. Succulent dark cherry, lavender, spice and plum all fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. In 2017, Carruades is especially resonant and creamy, with notable richness and volume. I expect the 2017 will drink well with just a few years in bottle. 2022 - 2032
|Score: 92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020|
The 2017 Carruades de Lafite is quite deep and fleshy at the outset. Black cherry, plum, lavender and rose petal are pushed forward in this dark, racy second wine from Lafite-Rothschild. Deep, textured and beautifully resonant, the 2017 has a lot to recommend it. This is a strong showing. In 2017, Carruades is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Like many of his colleagues, Technical Director Eric Kolher opted for gentle extractions and incorporated a relatively high amount of press wine (14%) into the blend. In 2017, the Carruades is a gorgeous second wine.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
Deep crimson. More lifted and fragrant than the Duhart-Milon just tasted. Dark-red fruit and graphite freshness. Richer and sweeter fruited on the mid palate than the Duhart, a little more generous. Very soft texture but not lacking backgrounded structure. Elegant, and an attractive minerally, dark-fruited finish. Subtle. Understated.
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
Fragrant fresh the nose has lots of charm the start of the palate light but there is mid sweetness the fruit is ripe. Under the sweetness the black cherry and cassis bilberry refreshes lightens and gives style, elegance and length on the finish. Drink 2025-2037.
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018|
Lafite got to enjoy a year without excess and without frost, and this is elegant stuff. The tannins are a touch rigid at the beginning, supporting firm black autumnal fruits, classically framed and a touch austere, with cigar box smoke adding a swirl of complexity. As with many of the second wines in Pauillac this year, this is excellently put together but on the savoury side, reflecting the story of the vintage. 20% new oak. This is sure to age well and be ready to drink within four to eight years.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2038
|Score: 91||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
Rather more elegant and with masses more finesse than Duhart, this is a finely balanced wine with a very long, calm, refreshing finish and an enviable hauteur. Oak marks the aroma, but not in an aggressive way and this is balanced neatly by firm yet ripe fruit. Smooth and even and in no way forced or pushy, this is a very relaxed Carruades and it shows a degree of class.
|Score: 17+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|