Robert Parker – 91
The 2017 Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with joyful notions of black cherries, redcurrant jelly and cassis plus hints of kirsch, cedar chest, pencil lead and a waft of raspberry leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses bags of poise and freshness, dishing out lots of bright red and black fruits with a soft, finely grained frame, finishing long with a skip in its step.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
JancisRobinson.com – 16
Tasted blind. Deep ruby colour. Forest fruit and blueberries here, with some sweet pastries. Soft and a bit smudgy, there is lots of ripe, succulent and brambly fruit. Good intensity and ripe in tannin, this will drink well young but will hopefully gain clarity with a few years in bottle. (TP)
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2032