Dating back to 1234, the property was acquired by the Rothschild family in 1868. In the 1970s, Baron Eric brought a new energy to the estate, replanting the vineyards and modernising the cellar. The estate was classified as a Grand Cru Classé in 1973.
Château Lafite Rothschild’s second wine, Carruades de Lafite, presents similar characteristics to the Grand Vin, but with its own personality linked to a higher proportion of Merlot and to specific plots that are used to produce Carruades. The name comes from the Carruades plateau, a group of plots acquired in 1845 just next to the vines on the Château hilltop. The wine is usually aged for 16 to 20 months in oak barrels (10% new).
This has understated elegance on the attack, confident and quietly brilliant with flavours of cassis, bilberry, hedgerow and a basket full of darkly brambled fruits alongside tobacco and menthol notes. Flavoursome, subtle and multi-faceted - this is still fresh and full of life. 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 10% new oak. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035- 93 pts Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine