2012 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Offers a smoky, fleshy feel, with dark plum, charcoal and coffee notes. Features nice grip on the finish, revealing a lingering plum skin feel.
Barrel sample. This is a rich and soft wine made predominantly from Merlot. The wine has good depth of flavor with fresh black currants and soft tannins.
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Rather a blueish tint. It is extraordinary how refined the Lafite wines are, even in this difficult year. One whiff of this and it's Lafite stable stuff. Albeit it very light and pale with quite strong acidity. Firm and fine. Bone-dry finish. No concessions. I think this will probably always be a tad demanding to drink but it's certainly trying hard to make as good a fist of it as possible.
* Bright, zesty and much open-knit on the nose and palate. The blend of 42% Merlot really shows in the texture and softness. This will be a lovely early-drinking wine. (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux expert)