Robert Parker (93/100) March 2012
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.
Jeannie Cho Lee (92/100) March 2010
The aromatics of dark blackberries, cassis and hint of violets are gentle and elegant. This wine balances substantial flavours with a sense of lightness. The wonderful powdery textured tannins and ripe, gentle fruit will no doubt please its fans. This is a classy well made wine that exudes elegance and style. Tasted in: Bordeaux, France. Maturity: Young.