2022 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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JS 97 JD 95 JL 95 DC 94 VN 94 JA 93 WA 93
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, April 2023

(JS 96-97 points) Extremely perfumed with sweet tobacco and blackcurrants as well as cedar and dark chocolate. Aromatic. Medium-bodied with an intense center palate of blackcurrant, orange peel and peaches. Nervy. 53%...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, May 2023

(93-95 points) The second wine of Lafite checks in as 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. This smoking good second wine has more than a little Lafite character and offers ample red...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2023

(93-95 points) Once past all its florality, the wine moves to its red, and black fruit side. With a racy, freshness, the palate offers sweet, ripe, berries, lift, energy, purity and elegance. The finish is where its racy...
DC 94

Decanter, April 2023

Plums, blackcurrants, dark chocolate and perfumed aromas on the nose. Smooth and bright, silky, sharp, intense but so likeable, a shot of high acidity really sets the tone, this is zinging with energy, bite and power...
VN 94

Vinous, May 2023

(92-94 points) The 2022 Carruades de Lafite is a real showstopper. I don't remember tasting a Carruades quite like the 2022, a wine that combines the richness of the year with tons of supporting structure. Super-ripe...
JA 93

janeanson.com, April 2023

The vintage is marked by intense spice, with cassis, chocolate, mandarin, greengage, dense tannic architecture, with welome mint leaf and raspberry pip freshness on the finish. Need to sit with this, allow the floral...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(WA 91-93 points) Aromas of sweet cherries and berries mingled with hints of cedar box, loamy soil, warm spices, violets and orange zest introduce the 2022 Carruades de Lafite, a medium to full-bodied, bright and velvety...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2022
Size 1.5L

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.

Introducing the 2022 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite, a Bordeaux Blend that embodies elegance, sophistication, and the essence of the Pauillac region in Bordeaux, France. This exquisite red wine showcases the exceptional craftsmanship of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, a renowned producer known for their dedication to excellence.

In the glass, the wine reveals a deep, alluring red color that captivates the eye. Its inviting aromas immediately transport the senses to a world of indulgence and refinement. Sweet cherries and berries intertwine with hints of cedar box, loamy soil, warm spices, violets, and a touch of orange zest. This harmonious blend of scents creates a symphony of olfactory pleasure.

On the palate, the 2022 Carruades de Lafite offers a medium to full-bodied experience that is both bright and velvety. The careful combination of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot results in a wine that showcases the best qualities of each varietal. The wine's racy freshness stimulates the taste buds, while the sweet, ripe berries provide a luscious and satisfying mouthfeel. Lift, energy, and purity abound, leading to a finish that shines with layers of black currants, black plums, spice, and flowers.

Renowned wine critics have awarded this wine with high accolades. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate bestowed a score of 93 points, praising its aromas and bright, velvety texture. James Suckling awarded it an impressive 97 points, highlighting its extreme perfumed nature and intense center palate. Jeff Leve raved about the wine's freshness, energy, and purity, giving it a score of 95 points. Jeb Dunnuck commended its concentration, power, and flawless balance, also awarding it 95 points. Vinous was enthralled by its richness and supporting structure, awarding it 94 points. Decanter described it as powerful, focused, and confident, with a lovely Pauillac touch, and gave it a score of 94 points. Jane Anson noted its intense spice, dense tannic architecture, and potential for aging, awarding it 93 points.

The 2022 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite is a wine that demands attention and reverence. Its pedigree, craftsmanship, and exceptional quality make it a standout in the world of wine. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this Bordeaux Blend is a true masterpiece that will leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast.