68 Ratings
Château Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite Pauillac

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(2003 Vintage) "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 ...

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    I've drunk several vintages of Carruades de Lafite over the years. The 2003, though nice, was not my most memorable; that being the 2000 is my favorite thus far. The 1996 vintage was quite a mouthful and extraordinarily smooth.

    over 3 years
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    took more than 4 hours and several rounds of decanting before wine opened up. nose is typical paulliac. masculine approach with a slight sweet finish. still tannic and considered young and can hold for several more years. on day 3 wines still tannic but finish is stronger. open 2015.

    over 6 years
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    off the hook. great tannins, Earthy, slight taste of pepper.

    almost 7 years