2000 Lafite-Rothschild - Carruades de Lafite 750ml

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2000 Lafite-Rothschild - Carruades de Lafite
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International Wine Cellar | 87-89

Bright ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of cassis, violet, bitter chocolate and licorice. Tightly wound, intensely flavored and on the lean side, with extremely primary flavors of cassis and dark chocolate. Not showing its flesh today, but this has good underlying density and pliancy. Finishes with toothdusting, fine tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Drink Dates: 2008-2022
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Score: 91
Author: JCashman
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/16/2014
Drink Dates:
Solid but not worth the money. Glad I bought it from the winery. Ready to drink. Will not get any better. Good blend of fruit and finish.
Score: 90
Author: gjsantoro
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/04/2013
Had two bottles. Needed time to open but did not start out promising...did get much better after an hour but didn't impress those at the tasting.
Score: 93
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/06/2013
Score: 91
Author: Ellca
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 11/17/2012
Drink Dates:
very good -- needs to open up (2012)
Score: 90
Author: 0000
Trust Rating: 67
Tasted On: 01/11/2011

About This Producer


Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the Bordeaux First Growths in Pauillac, and possesses a long history of exceptional quality. In the 17th century, the vineyards were owned by Alexandre de Segur, also proprietor of Chateau Latour. After the French revolution, the chateau was purchased by several Dutch merchants before the current owners, the Rothschild family, acquired it in 1868.

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the largest Medoc estates, producing 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year. The grand vin is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon (up to 95%) with the balance divided between Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 1994 and 1961 are exceptions, however, and consist of 99% and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively. Part of the estate's production goes to its second wine called Carruades de Lafite (previously names Moulin des Carruades) which is produced from up to 70% Cabernet, with a larger proportion of Merlot. The best vintages of Lafite include 1918, 1846, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 2000, 2003, and 2005. Lafite has a balanced elegance supported by the structure of its tannins. It is both full-bodied and silky. Aromas include currant, leather, graphite and tobacco. As Lafite ages, it reveals more minerals, as well as almond, violet, and cedar.

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