Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac

$316 ex. GST
$363.40 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $389.62

Last Year EP $394.00-

The second wine of Château Lafite.
In 2023 most of Lafite's Merlot went into Carruades and the final blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot.

A savoury and juicy Carruades with softness and notes of ripe berry, cedar and dried tobacco. Like Lafite from the 1980s but more precise. Round and pretty. It really grows on the finish with such sweetness of fruit and length. Pointed, fine tannins at the end. Very long.
95-96 James Suckling.

Medium intensity ruby, fairly austere right now, structured, with the same mint leaf and ink quality as Lafite. The sweet brambled black fruits only come in through the mid palate, this is well paced, unrolls slowly, a serious and concentrated Carruades that has its eye on the future.
94 Jane Anson.

The 2023 Carruades de Lafite is notable for some of the Cabernet being picked prior to the Merlot, between September 7 and 29. This year, there is no Cabernet Franc or Petit Verdot in the blend. It has a far superior bouquet to some of the vintages I was tasting a decade or so ago-much more purity and precision, with notes of black plum, wild strawberry and a touch of cassis. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky texture and a crisp line of acidity. It's fresh, precise and saline, with a long tail on the finish. This is surely one of the best Carruades I have tasted at this stage.
91-93 Neal Martin.

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