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Carruades de Lafite Pauillac 2003

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Great freshness, excellent fruit and good balance.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Brand Carruades de Lafite
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Wine AdvocateA 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.

Robert Parker, April 2006
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Wine SpectatorAromas of sweet tobacco, berry and chocolate follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Slightly hollow midpalate but very nicely done. Second wine of Lafite. Best after 2007. 20,000 cases made.

James Suckling, March 31, 2006