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Carruades de Lafite Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2005
This is an extremely Grand Vin for a second wine. A beguiling perfumednose seems to offer almost tropical hints to the main fruity, floral and cedararomas. Carruades is normally a bit harder to get into but when you taste ityou feel you want to take this home and drink it straightaway; on yourown.There is concentrated red fruit on the palate, that is silky, elegant andcomplex, all buttressed very nicely by a slab of fresh acidity and very finetannins. Tasted blind you would easily take this for a 2nd or 3rd growth.Drink 2013-2030.
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A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Bordeaux Collector's Set Contains 1 bottle each of: Petrus, d'Yquem, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Latour, Haut Brion, Mission Haut Brion, Cheval Blanc 750ml
(48.5% cabernet sauvignon, 45.5% merlot, 4.5% cabernet franc and 1.5% petit verdot) Bright medium ruby. Very pure aromas of cassis, minerals, violet and licorice. Juicy, elegant and precise, with lovely acidity framing the dark fruit and mineral flav... Stephen Tanzer. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite 750ml
...this is a great Lafite, deep and brooding and full of personality. It's not a wine that's accessible in its youth, but it is a wine that shows the brilliance of its terroir, even if it won't be ready to drink for more than a decade. The color is deeply robed, the somber concentration of flavor tightly closed. It has an austere elegance that is breathtaking, its potent cassis fruit floating over a bed of tannic nails. The impression of power and the essence of flavor lasts for minutes on the palate, and longer in the mind. Bravo! This is a true Premier Cru.
Impressively dark in color, with mineral, mint and black currant aromas that hint also of spices and cedar. Full-bodied, with very firm tannins and a silky texture, this top Bordeaux goes on and on on the palate. One of the most solid Lafites in history. Best after 2002.
In the 15 years since I have been tasting newly released Bordeaux this is the most impressive, the blackest, the most powerful Lafite I've encountered. It's also the most Lafite in character, and it is that combination of power, concentrated flavor and personality that propels it to the top rank of the vintage. Young Lafite can be as grim as a mouthful of nails, and there's something about the hardness of the mineral aroma that reminds me of laying on a bed of nails (worth trying at least once, if only to have a metaphor for young Lafite). The '96 brings these things to mind, while offering to balance such an unyielding nature with silken fruit.
The color of the wine is black and impenetrable almost to the edge, the flavor intensified in potency rather than volume, the overall impression of completeness, a balance and harmony of every element resolved into the furious quiet of A Day in the Life. There's nothing seductive about Lafite. In the strictest, most traditional Bordelais manner, it requires an effort on the part of the drinker. Over the coming decades, this vintage will amply reward anyone who makes the effort.
Kudos to Charles Chevalier, who has fashioned a succession of brilliant Lafites, with several recent vintages, particularly 1996, being candidates for the wine of the vintage. The 1998 (40% of the crop made it into the grand vin) is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot). It is a great success for the vintage, and one of the superstars of the Médoc. In complete contrast to the massive Mouton-Rothschild, the 1998 Lafite-Rothschild offers extraordinary nobility and accessibility. It already reveals a remarkably complex nose of black currants, lead pencil, minerals, and subtle new oak. Rich, with a gorgeous symmetry, sweet tannin, and a concentrated, profoundly long finish, it possesses a sense of surreal elegance.
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