Carruades de Lafite Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2005

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The forward 1989 offers the tell-tale fragrance of lead pencils, cedar, and curranty fruit, and, for Lafite, unusually high glycerin and alcohol. T... Read more

The 1990 appears to be a synthesis in style of the backward, tannic 1988 and more forward, softer 1989. The nose is not yet as seductive as the 198... Read more

The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Ca... Read more

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External Review
12/14/2011

The forward 1989 offers the tell-tale fragrance of lead pencils, cedar, and curranty fruit, and, for Lafite, unusually high glycerin and alcohol. The wine is easy to taste and appreciate, as it is rich, medium-bodied, expansive, and more supple and obvious than usual. Speculating when it might be in full blossom is no easy chore given its sexy, sensual yet light style. It is somewhere between the 1953 and 1976 in stylistic terms. Anticipated maturity: 1997-2020.


External Review
12/14/2011

The 1990 appears to be a synthesis in style of the backward, tannic 1988 and more forward, softer 1989. The nose is not yet as seductive as the 1989's, but the wine exhibits a deeper, thicker, ruby/purple color, and cuts a fuller, more complete profile on the palate. It not only rivals the seductiveness of the 1989, but it is also a far richer and more tannic wine. Although it needs at least a decade of cellaring, it should last for 30 or more years. An impressive wine, the 1990 Lafite is this estate's finest wine since the 1982 and 1986. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025. Last tasted, 6/93.


External Review
12/14/2011

The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in November, 1997. It exhibits a dark ruby purple color, and a sweet, powdered mineral, smoky, weedy cassis-scented nose. Beautiful sweetness of fruit is present in this medium-bodied, tightly-knit, but gloriously pure, well-delineated Lafite. The 1995 is not as powerful or as massive as the 1996, but it is beautifully made with outstanding credentials, in addition to remarkable promise. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028.


External Review
12/14/2011

Very firm, tannic and youthful, with lively currant and raspberry flavors shaded by smoke, anise and cedar. Huge in proportion; needs until at least 2000 to be fully appreciated.


External Review
12/14/2011

Almost as great as the 1982. Dense and luscious with amazingly deep plum, blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and full tannins. A wine with a terrific future. Better after 1998.


External Review
12/14/2011

One of the best Lafites made in the last three decades, this shows both great finesse and great power. Full-bodied with fine tannins, but also balanced; the structure gives it wonderful restraint. Will age for decades. Best after 1996.


External Review
12/14/2011

Rich and balanced. Dark ruby-red color. Very ripe and earthy, its aromas verging on raisin with hints of cedar and tobacco which follow through on the palate. Full-bodied and silky, adding a long, flavorful aftertaste. Give it time. Best after 2004.


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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