Chateau Lafite Rothschild   Carruades de Lafite

1997 Carruades de Lafite

By Chateau Lafite Rothschild

1997 Carruades de Lafite from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

When examining the pantheon of Bordeaux vintages, certain years leap to the fore with the sheer inevitability of their prestige. The 1997 Carruades de Lafite stands as one of the more intriguing narratives within this fabled continuum, particularly within the rich tapestry that is Chateau Lafite Rothschild's lineage.


A Vintage Defined by Elegance and Approachability

The 1997 growing season unfurled under the auspicious auspices of mild weather, sparing the Pauillac region from extremes. This granted a benevolence to the fruit maturation, fostering a vintage that champions elegance over power. As a critic who has supped deeply from Bordeaux's plentiful cup, I can avow that understanding such a vintage's place within an investment portfolio requires nuance. It asserts itself not through overwhelming force, but rather through finesse and a welcoming approachability in its relative youth.


Distinctive Attributes of the 1997 Carruades de Lafite

The 1997 Carruades de Lafite is resultant from a wine-making philosophy that embraces subtlety; it reveals a gracious harmony between the richness of cassis and the more earthy truffle undertones that underscore the Pauillac terroir. Its alchemy is further nuanced by whispers of pencil lead and understated oak influence—a paean to classic Bordeaux winemaking. This vintage benefits enormously from decanting, unfurling its layers like aged silk laid bare in the sunlight.

Asset-wise, its value trends not just from its storied progenitor Chateau Lafite Rothschild but also from its embodiment of a vintage defined by early drinking appeal and consistent performance throughout the peaks and troughs of broader market trends. The 1997 Carruades de Lafite is both an anchor and a beacon for fine wine investors with a palate attuned to sophistication.

In summary, as an addition to any discerning investor's collection, this offering has provenance, poise and presence. It maintains a steady narrative in collections, inviting engagement for both oenophiles and novices alike—truly one of the more charismatic chapters in Bordeaux's rich history.

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The 1997 Carruades de Lafite includes 40% Merlot, resulting in a floral, opulent, rich, round effort. This offering is meant to be drunk young, but will last for another 10 years. Last tasted, 1/02.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 2002


This is showing very well on the nose with good precision and a fine sense of mineralite with notes of blackberry, raspberry leaf and a touch of black olives. The palate has a supple entry, slight astringency in the middle, black olives once again with a touch of black cherry and soy, but very lithe and silky on the pointed finish. This has softened since its austere youth. Drink now-2011. Tasted September 2008.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2009

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