This great and distinguished vintage, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon, did this second vin good. It is made from younger vines of the Lafite-Rothschild plots. The extreme selection of the plots to create the most beautiful Lafite expression allows reaching a superior level in the making of Carruades. The 2009 Carruades de Lafite shows purity and aromatic vibrancy, characteristics due to the alternating of sunny days and fresh nights appropriate for the aromatic expression. The palate is straight, precise, aromatic, round with finely chiselled tannins. The varietals perfect ripeness plays a great role in the sensation of balance. This Pauillac 2e vin du Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is fleshy and fruity. We enjoy the pleasant and lingering finish.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Of course, the wine to buy in order to get a look at the Lafite Rothschild style and personality is their second wine, Carruades de Lafite, which has become very fashionable in Asia, causing the prices to soar. A very strong effort, the 2009 Carruades de Lafite may be the finest Carruades since the 2003. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it reveals lots of sweet cassis intermixed with subtle smoke and forest floor, undeniable lusciousness and full-bodied hedonism. The wood component is pushed to the background, and the wine is extremely viscous, round and delicious. Additional complexity should continue to emerge over the next decade and this 2009 should keep for 20-30 years.