Chateau Lafite Rothschild   Carruades de Lafite

2019 Carruades de Lafite

By Chateau Lafite Rothschild

2019 Carruades de Lafite from Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Momentous years leave their indelible mark on the wines they produce, and the 2019 Carruades de Lafite from Château Lafite Rothschild is a testament to such an occurrence in Pauillac. This vintage, exuding finesse and complexity, captures the essence of a Bordeaux season that has been lauded for its near-perfect climatic conditions.

 

A Vintage Defined by Balance and Precision

The 2019 Carruades de Lafite imparts a distinction that is characteristically Pauillac on nose and palate alike. The growing season's benevolence is recorded in the grapes; a mild spring followed by a glorious summer and a magnificently timed harvest combined to create the ideal canvas for this vintage. What transpires is a wine of incredible balance, marked prominently by a seamless integration of fruit and tannins.

 

Investment-worthy Merit

Investors in fine wines will undoubtedly take interest in the 2019 vintage as it presents promising maturation potential. The structure of this vintage – tightly knit tannins wrapped in a cloak of sumptuous fruit – suggests a readiness to evolve majestically. Patient cellaring will coax further nuances from what is already an intricately layered offering from Château Lafite Rothschild.

Tasting notes reveal a symphony of dark cherries and cassis intertwined with subtle cedar undertones and graphite-like minerality. Each sip unwinds with both power and grace – a dichotomy that keeps one entrenched in the sensory experience.

In summary, the 2019 Carruades de Lafite offers an investment-calibre Pauillac experience that ardently respects its storied provenance at Château Lafite Rothschild. It's a formidable representation of Bordeaux's vinicultural prowess rendered into liquid form, and I suspect this particular narrative of terroir-driven fruition will be retold with fervour as each bottle matures and reveals its full, intricate lexicon of flavours. Those seeking to enhance their portfolio with a wine boasting both pedigree and promise may find this vintage to be an astute acquisition.

Current market price

$4,000.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

183.85

Scores and tasting notes

92-94

The 2019 Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 19th of September to the 7th of October. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it comes skipping out of the glass with bright, fresh notions of wild blueberries, ripe plums and redcurrant jelly plus hints of cinnamon stick, cumin seed, oolong tea and violets with a waft of black olives. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers loads of rich, ripe, spicy flavors with a soft texture of nicely rounded tannins and with the freshness in the background, finishing on a lingering allspice note. In a word: Yum!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 5 June 2020

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