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Carruades de Lafite

Carruades de Lafite is the 'Second' wine of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. This wine is made from barrels of wine from the vintage that are not used in the blending of the 'First' wine of the Chateau. These barrels of wine are not necessarily of lower quality than the ones that are used for the primary wine of the Chateau. Instead, they are 'extra' in that they do not fit with the taste characteristics of that year's blend. Carruades de Lafite almost alwasys has a higher percentage of Merlot in the blend. There are also specific plots of vineyard land that are always used in the production of Carruades. (You could also read that as saying that these particular plots are Never used in the production of Chateau Lafite Rothschild.)

The name Carruades comes from the Carruades plateau which is a group of vineyard plots that are adjacent to (but not part of) Chateau Lafite Rothschild's best plots. The Carruades plots were purchased in 1845. The name Carruades de Lafite was first used in the 1980s. Prior to that this wine was known as Moulin des Carruades.

In general, Carruades de Lafite is a very good wine but a bit lighter in body and has less aging potential than the 'First' wine of the Chateau.