MS Topic of the Week 10/12/2019 - Advanced

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This week: 2nd wines of Pauillac

Name 3 and define how they differ from the grand vin.

  • 1.  Carruades de Lafite

    -Château Lafite Rothschild’s second wine, Carruades de Lafite presents similar characteristics to the Grand Vin, but with its own personality linked to a higher proportion of Merlot and to specific plots that are used to produce Carruades. The name comes from the Carruades plateau, a group of plots acquired in 1845 just next to the vines on the Château hilltop.

    -Grand vin is between 80-95% Cabernet 

    -Carruades is 50-70%

    2.Echo de Lynch-Bages

    -Like its big brother, Echo de Lynch-Bages displays the characteristic taste, aromas and length of Pauillac wines. As an echo of the first wine, it receives the same care and attention from the vine to the cellars. It is the result of a selection of Lynch-Bages' youngest vines and specific plots which represent between 25 to 40 % of the harvest depending on the vintage. Echo de Lynch-Bages is round, soft and seductive in its youth with outstanding potential for bottle age.

    -Key highlights are that the vines are younger in this vin in comparison to the Grand Vin which uses the historic and older vines. 

    3. Les Tourelles de Longueville

    -Named after the turrets that embellish the château, our wine Les Tourelles de Longueville, embodies the charm of the estate.

    -The grapes that are used to blend the wine come essentially from the Sainte Anne plot, planted mainly to Merlot, giving to it a distinctive personality. Les Tourelles de Longueville is an invitation to enter a world of flavour, charm, roundness and sensual delight.

    -This wine provides an introduction to the spirit of Pichon Baron and can be enjoyed young or aged in the cellar for 15 years or more.

  • -Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild is the second wine of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, made from younger vines in the vineyard and the first vintage was made in 1993. Depending on the vintage it varies between mainly Cabernet Sauvignon to the addition of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

    -Les Forts De Latour is the second wine of Chateau Latour. Les Forts de Latour is produced with the same care given to the Grand Vin, both in the vineyard and in the winery. The only notable difference, apart from the origin of the grapes, is the proportion of new barrels (50 to 60%) used in the maturing stage. There is always a higher percentage of Merlot as well compared to the grand vin.

    -Moulin de Duhart is the second wine of Chateau Duhart-Milon. Château Duhart-Milon’s second wine is selected on the same basis as the grand vin. The grapes are from the younger plots in the vineyard. Moulin de Duhart has several characteristics similar to the grand vin, but with less potential for ageing as its barrel ageing period is shorter. 55 to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 to 45% Merlot.

  • Fleur de Pedesclaux

    -Higher proportion of Merlot

    -More Soft/Silky Structure

    Reserve de la Comtesse

    -Would rank it as my top value 2nd label of Pauillac; The wines are slightly less structured than Pichon Comtesse, and in riper years like '09, they tend to be a little flabby, but in classic years, they outperform many of the Grand Vin of Pauillac

    Le Forts de Latour

    -Would say that Le Forts de Latour actually tastes more like a Pauillac than Chateau Latour, which is so dark and firmly tannic, that it resembles St. Estephe a bit more.  This is likely due to the Grand Vin seeing stainless steel fermentation, and minimal new oak for aging, whereas Les Forts sees a decent percentage of new oak.