Carruades de Lafite
Given the refined selection of fine wines after two decades, the Carruades feature characteristics similar to those of the fine wine, but with their own personality linked to a higher percentage of Merlot in its composition, and plots of land that are clearly identified as producing Carruades. The origin of the name comes from the Carruades plateau, the name of a group of plots adjacent to the chateau’s best vineyards, purchased in 1845 by Château Lafite. In the 20th century, the Carruades were marketed separately from Château Lafite before being integrated. The name Carruades adopted as the name of Château Lafite Rothschild’s second wine, was initially called “Moulin des Carruades” before the 1980’s
- Grape varieties:
- Cabernet Sauvignon 50 to 70%, Merlot 30 to 50%, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 5%.
- Length of ageing in oak barrels:
- 18 to 20 months, 80% in oak barrels (10% new).
- Average annual production:
- 20 000 to 30 000 cases.
The Chef's recipes
- Carruades de Lafite accompanied by poached beef
- Carruades de Lafite accompanied by grilled tilefish with vineshoots, sea funnels
- Carruades de Lafite and partridge with winter vegetables
- Carruades de Lafite stuffed shoulder of lamb
- Carruades de Lafite tender shoulder of rabbit with olive jus and polenta
- Carruades de Lafite accompanied by guinea fowl pastilla
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