2008 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WE 92
  • WA 91
  • JS 91
  • NM 91

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$363.94

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Reg: $408.94

$363.94

This product is
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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Firm tannins and great freshness with a touch of bitter chocolate as well as spice and tight tannins. This second wine of Lafite is attractively fruity easily lifting the weight of tannins.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc the 2008 exhibits graphite sandalwood black and red currant chocolate and damp earth characteristics in its elegant medium to... A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc the 2008 exhibits graphite sandalwood black and red currant chocolate and damp earth characteristics in its elegant medium to full-bodied fresh lively personality. It is a delicious luscious already evolved wine to drink over the next 15+ years.
JS 91
jamessuckling.com, December 2010
I like the core of fruit and cedary berry and plum character. It's full bodied with well-integrated tannins and a racy finish. Very well done for Carruades. Best after 2013.
NM 91
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2012
Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The nose is more ostentatious than its peers lifted blackberry cassis and cedar aromas a more hedonistic Pauillac along not dissimilar lines to Pontet Canet? The palate is... Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The nose is more ostentatious than its peers lifted blackberry cassis and cedar aromas a more hedonistic Pauillac along not dissimilar lines to Pontet Canet? The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins on the entry. Supple in the mouth very smooth and seductive with a seamless finish. There is a touch of hickory developing on the aftertaste. Very fine and better than I expected given previous encounters. Tasted January 2012.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2008

Winery

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild

Chateau Lafite, the famous Pauillac property of the Left Bank of the Medoc, began to earn its reputation as a great winemaking estate in the 17th century. Acquiring a strong following in London in the early 18th century, Lafite found its way to the Versailles court, receiving acclaim as the “The King’s Wine”. The reputation did not diminish, achieving a pinnacle when it was ranked a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.

On August 8, 1868, Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite, although he died just three months later leaving Lafite to his three sons. The years that followed were considered a golden age for the estate, producing a rich legacy of remarkable vintages.

Fortunes turned at the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, which were turbulent years. The vines suffered both a phylloxeric crisis and mildew. Then there was organized fraud, World War I, followed by the Great Depression, and finally the occupation of France during World War II. After this difficult period, Baron Elie de Rothschild was entrusted with the recovery of the Lafite estate, leading programs to restore the vineyards and the buildings, as well as becoming an active participant in tasting events and the founding of a regional guild.

The recovery and renewal period at Chateau Lafite was continued by his nephew, Baron Eric de Rothschild, who made great strides forward in the management of the estate and in the replanting and restoration of the vineyards. He also extended the horizons of the Domaines through new acquisitions both in France and abroad.