There are 20,000 cases of the gorgeous 2003 Carruades de Lafite. Despite record heat in June, July and August, this wine only hit 12.8% alcohol, which seems modest compared to the higher alcohol levels of 2009 and 2010. A final blend of 50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc has resulted in a second wine with a Lafite Rothschild-like character, plenty of creme de cassis, cedarwood and graphite notes as well as a supple, lush texture. It has reached full maturity where it should remain for another 5-10 years. Drink 2014-2024
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014|
A spectacular value as well as a sleeper of the vintage is the 135,000-bottle cuvee of 2003 Carruades de Lafite (50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc). This amazing effort rivals such superb second wines as the 1989 Bahans-Haut-Brion and 1982 Forts de Latour. A serious red, it is sexy, opulent, rich, and luscious with silky tannin, enormous body, and wave after wave of mocha-infused black cherry and cassis fruit. It is almost too good to be believed. While drinkable now, it should evolve for 12-15 years or longer.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
A blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc, this wine exhibits jammy sweet red and black currants, low acidity, a plump, fleshy, open-knit personality, and a lush, heady finish. It should drink well for at least 10-15 years.
|Score: 88/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
The 2003 Carruades de Lafite, an outstanding second wine, is one of the few 2003s in which I detected roasted characteristics in the bouquet. This fat, broad, fleshy, succulent effort should drink well for 10-15 years.
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004|
Sweet plum and silky tannins. Long and pretty. Almost 92-94 points.
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004|
Glowing crimson. Sweet biscuit/toasty oaky nose. Rather specious appeal. Sweet but drying tannins. (Average group score: 15.3)
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2010|
My favourite Carruades for some time.
|Score: 16.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (Aug 05), August 2005|
|Score: 15.5||Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004|