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Chateau Lafite’s second wine Carruades de Lafite has improved in quality enormously in recent years thanks to ruthless selection processes in the production of the Grand Vin. Many vines that could easily produce fruit for Lafite are now allocated to the Carruades. Not surprisingly this is where the bulk of Lafite’s Merlot has been used with an assemblage of 47% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Very different from Lafite this year, this is an attractive Carruades that should drink quite early. A smoky red cherry nose is followed by a plump, polished palate with plenty of glycerol, toasty oak and vanilla. It is supple and smooth with a gentle finish.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 90 Points
“Lafite’s second wine has become stronger over recent vintages as the selection for the grand vin has become Draconian under administrator Charles Chevalier. The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Carruades de Lafite (48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) exhibits sweet, crunchy, savory, black cherry, and raspberry fruit along with hints of road tar, spring flowers, and a touch of minerality. Give it 1-2 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 12-13 years.” Tasted June 2006.