Carruades de Lafite 2006

Pauillac, Second wine

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Tasting Notes

The second wine, which has soared in quality over the last decade, is an outstanding effort displaying a character similar to that of Lafite, without the size, depth, and aging potential of that wine. The 2006 Carruades de Lafite offers up aromas of graphite, cedar, black currants, sweet cherries, and smoky herbs. This complex, more evolved, medium-bodied, silky-textured, sexy offering will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 15+ years.

Score: 90

, Wine Advocate 01 March 2009

(48% each merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with 2.5% cabernet franc and 1.5% petit verdot) Bright ruby-red. Fruit-driven aromas of currant and cherry lifted by a floral topnote. Juicy and firm on the palate, with complex flavors of currant, minerals, flowers, dark chocolate and currant leaf. The wine's acid spine and slight greenness give it a very fresh, vibrant character and contribute to the impression of structure. Finishes firmly tannic, with moderate persistence.

Score: 87 - 89

, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2007

Tasted at Lafite. A deep garnet core. A high toned, Merlot-scented nose with a touch of Xmas cake and Morello. Moderate definition. The palate is medium-bodied, toasty with a touch of bitter chocolate. A little "furry" but there is certain good concentration if not good breeding. Blackberry and cherries on the finish. A solid Carruades but no great shakes. Tasted April 2007.

Score: 86 - 88

, erobertparker.com 19 April 2007

Mid purple with wide rim. Relatively lightweight, strict nose. Pretty brutal but with a slightly marine note. Very dry and pretty dense, dominated by very fine tannins. Some lift though not as much as usual. A bit chunky and strict. Does taste a bit like offcuts though with Lafite grace. Lift and good integrity. Delicate finish. Very clean. Acidity and greenness not at all in evidence.

Score: 16

, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2013-2020 01 April 2007

The second wine of Chateau Lafite, Carruades has always been a good buy but it has really taken off over the past year with insatiable demand from the Far East on all available vintages. Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with 2.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot. Ripe berries and mineral lifted aromas with soft juicy mulberry fruit and plush tannins. Sweet and pleasing but without massive concentration, this is a quite a light Carruades that will be a lovely, easy drink.

Score: 88 - 90

01 April 2007

Fresh and fruity, with pretty berry and chocolate character. Medium body, soft tannins and a medium, slightly short finish. Second wine of Lafite.

Score: 85 - 88

, Wine Spectator 01 April 2007