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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Carruades de Lafite  2003
Carruades de Lafite 2003
(search item no. 92572)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $125.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A spectacular value as well as a sleeper of the vintage is the 135,000-bottle cuvee of 2003 Carruades de Lafite (50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc). This amazing effort rivals such superb second wines as the 1989 Bahans-Haut-Brion and 1982 Forts de Latour. A serious red, it is sexy, opulent, rich, and luscious with silky tannin, enormous body, and wave after wave of mocha-infused black cherry and cassis fruit. It is almost too good to be believed. While drinkable now, it should evolve for 12-15 years or longer." - Wine Advocate
My Notes:

Additional wines from Carruades de Lafite:

  • 2005 (search item no. 94874)
  • 2006 (search item no. 98020)

About Carruades de Lafite:

Carruades is the second label wine produced by Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. After fermentation and maceration, the wines are tasted, selected and put together according to their different qualities. This step is very important because this is where we make the difference between the great "Lafite" and the second wine "Carruades de Lafite". The wines are drained off into oak barrels. We use 100% new barrels for the ageing of Lafite. The year after, these same barrels will be used for the Carruades.