An exploration of wine

121. Château Lafite-Rothschild, Carruades de Lafite Pauillac, 1998

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2nd wine of Château Lafite. Another courtesy of J&B. Stood up OK to venison stew for Christmas 2003. Deep red-purple colour, but even to the edge. Cedary notes over a hint of dark fruit (but I couldn’t say which). Quite balanced flavour with a decent tannic bite (but not too much) – perhaps only into early maturity? Not bad overall, though I hoped for something greater.

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