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2000 Lafite-Rothschild - Carruades de Lafite

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 90 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 45716-2000-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    A brilliant second wine, the 2000 Carruades de Lafite (51.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42.3% Merlot, 4.9% Cabernet Franc, and 1.4% Petit Verdot), aged in 10-15% new French oak, shows wonderfully sweet lead pencil shavings intermixed with an elegant black cherry and cassis nose. A wine of tremendous purity, medium body, and the tell-tale Lafite elegance, this is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next 12-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Bright crimson with pale rim. Quite open nose, with a hint of Oxo meat extract. Lots of acidity and a very dry wine. A little austere on the front palate. Doesn't carry on magnificently although on first pouring it has good density. Dances and prances rather than steps in a stately manner. Dry finish. Tastes much more like off-cuts than the self confident Forts de Latour that has its own personality.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2001
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Wonderfully ripe and decadent, with tobacco, meat and ripe berry aromas, with hints of currants. Full-bodied, and very velvety, with unctuous fruit flavors. Long and exotic aftertaste. Terrific wine. Second wine of Lafite Rothschild. 2,375 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 90

  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: JCashman
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2008-2030
    Author: JP
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 2009-2018
    Author: MikeB
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: M5 Cab
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: sm122097
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2009
    Author: Richard P
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Deep purple hue with crimson rim. Smeels like beef jerkey and leather with deep fruit essence. Beautiful integration on the palate. Deep rich fruit really comes through while maintaining that old world charm. Will likely develop the earthy components a bit more over time, this wine is a solid effort. Tannins could use some age as well but they're not intruding on the quality right now. Full bodied (for Bordeaux) with a great finish that never |cheapens| out. Solid effort. Not quite as velvety as a Cal cab but considering the age, it may get there.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: BillG19
  • Self | Rating: 90

    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.
    Author: gjsantoro
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Needs to breathe for at least an hour before drinking
    Author: wineme.310
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Very characteristic Pauillac, well-made, but without the finish or polish to rate more than a score in the very low 90's. Still has bright fruit and lots of sweet tannins, so no rush to drink it yet if it's in the cellar, but wouldn't run out and buy some at the current retail price.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: ebgreenb
  • Self | Rating: 91

    very good -- needs to open up (2012)
    Author: Ellca
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Mouton Rothschild,Chateau Petrus,Chateau Cos D'Estournel

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 4056 bottles owned
  • 485 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 485 collectors)