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Carruades de Lafite 2020 En Primeur: “impeccably refined”

  • “One of the finest second wines out there,” says Jeb Dunnuck.
  • The wine is being offered for £2,124 (12×75) SEP.
  • This makes it the most affordable second wine from the estate currently on the market.

Carruades Lafite

The 2020 Carruades de Lafite has been released for €170 per bottle ex-négociant, up 17.2% on the 2019 release.

The international trade is offering the wine for £2,124 per 12×75, 18.3% less than the current Market Price of the 2019, which has risen in value since release.

Despite a marked increase on last year’s release, current Market Prices of previous vintages make this year’s En Primeur offering look compelling.

Critical opinion

The wine achieved a barrel range of 89-91 points from Neal Martin (Vinous). He described it as “clean and precise”; “A Deuxième Vin that just needs to loosen its tie and let it all hang out a bit more”.

Antonio Galloni (91-93), however, observed that the “impeccably refined” 2020 Carruades is “shaping up to be a gem”.

For Jeb Dunnuck too, “its balance and elegance are what set it apart, and it’s one of the finest second wines out there”. Dunnuck gave it 92-94 points.

The wine also received 96-97 from James Suckling and 93-95 from Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider) and Falstaff.

Fair Value

All of Carruades de Lafite back vintages are currently available in the £2,600 – £3,000 range. Those that look the best value are the 2009 (NM 93) at £2,880 per case, and the 2019 (NM 92) at £2,600.

Carruades de Lafite prices are strongly correlated to age. At this price level, today’s release offers great value for money (see chart below).

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