Carruades de Lafite set a high record for the year when seventy-two bottles of the 2012 vintage were purchased for 1,040 pounds. This sale brought the price for the wine up 3pc from its trading price in September and 5pc up from its May price. That sale caught the attention of serious wine investors, and for good reason. As a second wine from the prestigious Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Carruades de Lafite is an excellent choice for wine investors who are looking for something other than first growths. Compared to the main wine being produced at Lafite, it is about one-third less in price.
The Lafite-Rothschild estate is situated on the Gironde’s left bank in the region of Pauillac and is known to produce some of the highest priced wines of the area. Baron James de Rothschild, who was responsible for the family’s French branch, bought Chateau Lafite in August 1868. A short three months later he passed away, leaving the Lafite estate joint property of his three sons. At that time, the estate consisted of 74 hectares of vineyards. Today the vineyards are owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and are controlled by the Rothschild family.
Best Practices in Wine Production
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild now has in excess of 100 hectares that are all planted with the red grape vines. From 80-95pc of the estate’s main wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon followed by 5-20pc of Merlot. Smaller portions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc are also used. Besides the excellent wine, the chateau has made a name for itself by adhering to its own two philosophies. The first one is humbleness in learning. They understand that fine wine is the result of many years of hard work to make excellent soil. The second point is setting the highest quality standards and living up to them. While using only the best proven practices, they are constantly looking for areas to improve.
Characteristics of Carruades de Lafite
The name originates from the Carruades plateau, which were plots near the best vineyards and were bought by the chateau in 1945. Although the characteristics of Carruades is typical of any fine wine, it gains its own personality through the composition that includes more Merlot. Annual production ranges from 20,000 to 30,000 cases.