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2010 Carruades de Lafite

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
October, 2022
France Direct wines are sourced from individual cellars in France. They ship directly to our Napa warehouse each quarter.

ITEM 8242868 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
7 $290
Item Sold Amount Date
I8222403 2 $290 May 15, 2022
I8202215 3 $290 May 1, 2022
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RATINGS

95James Suckling

This smells like a bouquet of flowers with blueberries and currants and spices. Full body, yet agile and refined. So fine and pretty. It's balanced and in harmony. Savory. A smoky, decadent and meat undertone.

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

...displays much of the same lead pencil, charcoal and black currant notes of its bigger sister...will cellar beautifully for at least 20-25 more years.

93Wine Spectator

Solid, with bright cassis, fig and blackberry fruit studded with tobacco leaf, anise and violet. The long finish has a tarry thread, but stays polished and refined overall, with a whiff of sandalwood lingering gently.

90Vinous / IWC

Perfumed aromas of cassis, violet and graphite minerality. Pure, very fresh dark berry and mineral flavors carry through the long, refined, almost dainty finish. The tannins are impressively silky for a second wine.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Very savoury and glossy. Immediate polish on the nose here. Raspberries and tar. Great intensity and fluidity... Very fine wine by any measure. Bone dry. Minerals and chew on the end but no rustic tannins. Very fine and long.

PRODUCER

Château Lafite-Rothschild (Second Label)

Carruades de Lafite is the second label of Lafite Rothschild, meaning that the wine is made by Chateau Lafite Rothschild, in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux. The name Carruades comes from a plateau of vineyard parcels purchased in 1845 by Chateau Lafite. Carruades contains a higher percentage of Merlot than the First Growth Lafite Rothschild. Carruades is 50 – 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 - 50% Merlot, and up to 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. About 20,000 cases are produced annually.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pauillac

Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most famous appellation, thanks to the fact that it is home to three of the region’s fabled first-growth châteaux, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Latour. Perched on the left bank of the Gironde River north of the city of Bordeaux, Pauillac is centered around the commune of Pauillac and includes about 3,000 acres of vineyards. The Bordeaux classification of 1855 named 18 classified growths, including the three above mentioned First Growths. Cabernet Sauvignon is the principal grape grown, followed by Merlot. The soil is mostly sandy gravel mixed with marl and iron. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “the textbook Pauillac would tend to have a rich, full-bodied texture, a distinctive bouquet of black currants, licorice and cedary scents, and excellent aging potential.”

VINTAGE

2010 Carruades de Lafite

This is a second label of Château Lafite-Rothschild