Chateau Lafite Rothschild   Carruades de Lafite

2020 Carruades de Lafite

By Chateau Lafite Rothschild

2020 Carruades de Lafite from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

In the lexicon of Bordeaux connoisseurs, the name Chateau Lafite Rothschild resonates with a timbre of deep respect. Their 2020 Carruades de Lafite offers a fresh discourse in this regard. It stands as a testament to a peculiar year that brought challenges and triumphs to the idyllic vineyards of Pauillac.

 

A Glance at 2020: Trials and Triumphs

The 2020 vintage coursed through a year of climatic seesaws. A mild winter gave way to a humid spring, which was subsequently usurped by a summer that spanned the spectrum of weather patterns, including unexpected bouts of drought. This symphony of climactic fluctuations found its crescendo in a harvest that demanded precision and intuition.

This vintage presents an eloquent narrative that speaks of its genesis—a year marked by resilience and meticulous stewardship of the vineyards. The depth of expertise at Chateau Lafite Rothschild manifested in an articulate execution of viticulture and vinification, ensuring that the 2020 Carruades de Lafite emerged unscathed, indeed emboldened by the year's trials.

 

Nuance and Nobility: The Sensory Journey

The first impression is one of ripe blackcurrants entwined with subtle graphite; a showcase of Pauillac's legendary terroir. On closer acquaintance, hints of violets and a sotto voce of finely milled spice add complexity to the ensemble. The palatal experience unfolds with structured tannins, framing a composition that promises longevity—sipping this nectar reveals the promise of evolution with each ensuing year.

For the astute investor or collector, the 2020 Carruades de Lafite is not merely an acquisition but an engagement with a narrative shaped by nature's vicissitudes and human artistry. Its concentrated profile marries immediate grandeur with potential for maturation, making it an exemplar for investment portfolios seeking poised and seasoned Bordeaux wines.

 

Investing Beyond the Bottle

Should one consider including the 2020 Carruades de Lafite in their investment collection or cellar, it merits acknowledgement that this wine is positioned deftly within the upper echelons of Bordeaux collectibles. Each sip transports you to its birthplace, reflecting an unparalleled mastery over vineyard and vintner practices—an essential criterion for discerning investments in fine wine.

To conclude, this vintage from Chateau Lafite Rothschild is layered with intricacy, intertwined with both storytelling and substance—a virtuous choice for those looking to diversify their compendium with an articulate expression of Pauillac's strength and finesse.

Current market price

$3,610.00

12x75cl

Highest score

92

POP score

180.83

Scores and tasting notes

91-93

Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Carruades de Lafite, like its big sibling, is a little youthfully shy to begin, soon unfurling to offer notes of Morello cherries, raspberry leaves, baked blackberries and spice box, plus suggestions of pencil lead, lavender and Provence herbs. The medium-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black fruits, framed by velvety tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and lifted. This 2020 is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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