(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 ...
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.
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.
off the hook. great tannins, Earthy, slight taste of pepper.